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Love-Knot, The

Tying her bonnet under her chin,
  She tied her raven ringlets in;
  But, not alone in the silken snare
  Did she catch her lovely floating hair,
  For, tying her bonnet under her chin,
  She tied a young man's heart within.

  They were strolling together up the hill,
  Where the wind comes blowing merry and chill;
  And it blew the curls, a frolicsome race,
  All over the happy peach-coloured face,
  Till, scolding and laughing, she tied them in,
  Under her beautiful dimpled chin.

  And it blew a colour bright as the bloom
  Of the pinkest fuchsia's tossing plume,
  All over the cheeks of the prettiest girl
  That ever imprisoned a romping curl,
  Or, in tying her bonnet under her chin,
  Tied a young man's heart within.

  Steeper and steeper grew the hill,
  Madder, merrier, chillier still,
  The western wind blew down and played
  The wildest tricks with the little maid,
  As, tying her bonnet under her chin,
  She tied a young man's heart within.

  Oh, western wind, do you think it was fair
  To play such tricks with her floating hair?
  To gladly, gleefully do your best
  To blow her against the young man's breast,
  Where he as gladly folded her in,
  And kissed her mouth and dimpled chin?

  Oh, Ellery Vane! you little thought
  An hour ago, when you besought
  This country lass to walk with you,
  After the sun had dried the dew,
  What perilous danger you'd be in
  As she tied her bonnet under her chin.
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Submitted by halel on July 15, 2020

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Nora Perry

Nora Perry was an American poet, newspaper correspondent, and writer of juvenile stories, and for some years, Boston correspondent of the Chicago Tribune. Her verse was collected in After the Ball, Her Lover's Friend, New Songs and Ballads, Legends and Lyrics. more…

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