With lash on cheek, she comes and goes; I watch her when she little knows: I wonder if she dreams of it. Sitting and working at my rhymes, I weave into my verse at times Her sunny hair, or gleams of it. Upon her window-ledge is set A box of flowering mignonette; Morning and eve she tends to them -- The senseless flowers, that do not care About that loosened strand of hair, As prettily she bends to them. If I could once contrive to get Into that box of mignonette Some morning when she tends to them -- She comes! I see the rich blood rise From throat to cheek! -- down go the eyes, Demurely, as she bends to them!
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- by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836 - 1907), "Across the Street", appears in Flower and Thorn, first published 1877 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Sebastian Benson Schlesinger (1837 - 1917), "Mignonette", op. 12 (6 Songs) no. 3, ISS 6 no. 3, published 1884 [ voice and piano ], Boston: Carl Prüfer [sung text checked 1 time]
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