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Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism 1883-1908 . Nesbit, E. (Edith), 1858–1924.
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To His Daughter

  • I BOUGHT you flowers on Ludgate Hill,
  • Dear violets in December,
  • And all the way to Charing Cross
  • They whispered of the rain‐wet moss,
  • The budding briars, the April days,
  • The pageant of the woodland ways,
  • And all the pleasant plots and plays
  • That you and I remember.
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  • I met you on the platform chill
  • Where winter winds were snarling;
  • Your smile that lit that gloomy place
  • Lit up for me that other face
  • Of her who sold the violets—mean,
  • Poor, broken, desolate, unclean:
  • A ruined slave, who might have been
  • A Queen like you, my darling.