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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Herbert P. Horne b. 1864

“If She Be Made of White and Red”

IF she be made of white and red,

As all transcendent beauty shows;

If heaven be blue above her head,

And earth be golden, as she goes:

Nay, then thy deftest words restrain;

Tell not that beauty, it is vain.

If she be filled with love and scorn,

As all divinest natures are;

If ’twixt her lips such words are born,

As can but Heaven or Hell confer:

Bid Love be still, nor ever speak,

Lest he his own rejection seek.