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English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Anne Hunter

347. My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair

MY mother bids me bind my hair

With bands of rosy hue,

Tie up my sleeves with ribbons rare,

And lace my bodice blue.

‘For why,’ she cries, ‘sit still and weep,

While others dance and play?’

Alas! I scarce can go or creep

While Lubin is away.

’Tis sad to think the days are gone

When those we love were near;

I sit upon this mossy stone

And sigh when none can hear.

And while I spin my flaxen thread,

And sing my simple lay,

The village seems asleep or dead,

Now Lubin is away.