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The Fruit of Error

We roved the orchard
  To forage 'mong fruit,
    And her arms were shown naked;
      Like marble of Paros,
They gleamed white and rosy,
  Whilst winds played the lute,
    And light-loving was slaked
      By Amor's own Pharos!

The berries her fingers
  Soon ruddled rich red,
    Till they turned tapers lurid,
      Fit beacons for Hero!
And purple juice flushes
  Enhalo'd her head
    Till I frowned, fiercely furied,
      Like flambeau of Nero!

She sang between mouthfuls--
  Most teasingly wild--
    Oh! too well I'd have shook her!
      She was offering a berry--
(Her arms held the branches)
  But happ'ning to smile,
      Down it dropp'd--I mistook her,
      Ands kissed the lip-cherry.

From Contemplations, Book I, July, 183_