by Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845)

It was not in the Winter
Language: English 
It was not in the Winter
  Our loving lot was cast;
It was the time of roses -
  We pluck'd them as we [pass'd]1!

[That]2 churlish season never frown'd
  On early lovers yet:
O no - the world was newly crown'd
  With flowers [when first we]3 met!

'Twas twilight, and I bade you go,
  But still you held me fast;
It was the time of roses -
  We pluck'd them as we pass'd!

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Confirmed with The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900, Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed., 1919.

1 Stöhr: "passed" (only here, not in stanza 3)
2 Stöhr: "The"
3 Arditti: "when we"


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Word count: 73