A Ring Posy

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Jess and Jill are pretty girls,
 Plump and well to do,
In a cloud of windy curls:
 Yet I know who
Loves me more than curls or pearls.

I'm not pretty, not a bit—
 Thin and sallow-pale;
When I trudge along the street
 I don't need a veil:
Yet I have one fancy hit.

Jess and Jill can trill and sing
 With a flute-like voice,
Dance as light as bird on wing,
 Laugh for careless joys:
Yet it's I who wear the ring.

Jess and Jill will mate some day,
 Surely, surely:
Ripen on to June through May,
While the sun shines make their hay,
 Slacken steps demurely:
Yet even there I lead the way.

© Christina Georgina Rossetti