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Poem by Edith Nesbit


The Choice


PLAGUE take the dull and dusty town,
Its paved and sordid mazes,
Now Spring has trimmed her pretty gown
With buttercups and daisies!

With half my heart I long to lie
Among the flowered grasses,
And hear the loving leaves that sigh
As their sweet Mistress passes.

Through picture-shows I make my way
While flower-crowned maids go maying,
And all the cultured things I say
That cultured folk are saying.

For I renounce Spring's darling face,
With may-bloom fresh upon it:
My Mistress lives in Grosvenor-place
And wears a Bond-street bonnet! 



                      Edith Nesbit


Edith Nesbit's other poems:
  1. This Desirable Mansion
  2. To Vera, who Asked a Song
  3. The Spider Queen
  4. The Fields of Flanders
  5. Out of Hope


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Dante Rossetti The Choice ("Think thou and act; to-morrow thou shalt die")
  • William Yeats The Choice ("The intellect of man is forced to choose")
  • George Wither The Choice ("Me so oft my fancy drew")

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