by Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836 - 1907)

Up to her chamber window
Language: English 
Up to her chamber window,
A slight wire trellis goes,
And up this Romeo's ladder
Clambers a bold white rose.

I lounge in the ilex shadows,
I see the lady lean,
Unclasping her silken girdle,
The curtain's folds between.

She smiles on her white-rose lover,
She reaches out her hand
And helps him in at the window --
I see it [where]1 I stand!

To her scarlet [lip]2 she holds him,
And kisses him many a time.
Ah me! it was he that won her
Because he dared to climb!

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1 Chadwick: "when"
2 Chadwick: "lips"

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Word count: 89