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Thomas Hardy

"The Ivy-Wife"

I longed to love a full-boughed beech
         And be as high as he:
I stretched an arm within his reach,
         And signalled unity.
But with his drip he forced a breach,
         And tried to poison me.

I gave the grasp of partnership
         To one of other race—
A plane: he barked him strip by strip
         From upper bough to base;
And me therewith; for gone my grip,
         My arms could not enlace.

In new affection next I strove
         To coll an ash I saw,
And he in trust received my love;
         Till with my soft green claw
I cramped and bound him as I wove . . .
         Such was my love: ha-ha!

By this I gained his strength and height
         Without his rivalry.
But in my triumph I lost sight
         Of afterhaps. Soon he,
Being bark-bound, flagged, snapped, fell outright,
         And in his fall felled me!

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