Original Text: 
May-day and Other Pieces (London: G. Routledge, 1867) PS 1624 .M3 Robarts Library
3And marching single in an endless file,
5To each they offer gifts after his will,
6Bread, kingdoms, stars, or sky that holds them all.
8Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
9Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
10Turned and departed silent. I, too late,


1] Daughters: the reading as emended in Selected Poems (1876) Back to Line
2] dervishes: Muslim friars who took vows of poverty and were known for their ceremonial whirling dances. Back to Line
4] diadems: crowns. fagots: bunches of sticks or branches (for burning). Back to Line
7] pleached garden: "Formed by the pleaching or intertwisting of boughs and twigs; fenced, bordered, or overarched with pleached boughs, as a garden-alley or arbour" (OED "pleached" 2). Back to Line
11] fillet: hair ribbon. Back to Line
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Publication Notes: 
Atlantic Monthly
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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