1] Daughters: the reading as emended in Selected Poems (1876)
2] dervishes: Muslim friars who took vows of poverty and were known for their ceremonial whirling dances.
4] diadems: crowns. fagots: bunches of sticks or branches (for burning).
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).
11] fillet: hair ribbon.
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Original text: May-day and Other Pieces (London: G. Routledge, 1867)
PS 1624 .M3 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1857
Publication date note: Atlantic Monthly
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/24
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