Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862)/Song ("Oh roses for the flush of youth")

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Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) by Christina Rossetti
Song ("Oh roses for the flush of youth")

Oh roses for the flush of youth,
   And laurel for the perfect prime;
But pluck an ivy branch for me
   Grown old before my time.


Oh violets for the grave of youth,
   And bay for those dead in their prime;
Give me the withered leaves I chose
   Before in the old time.