3] box: "genus (Buxus) of small evergreen trees or shrubs ... specially B. sempervirens, the Common or Evergreen Box-tree, a native of Europe and Asia; a shrub with deep-green leaves of a thick leathery texture" (OED "box," sb. 1, 1).
4] blowsy: blown-about, untidy, blowzy.
5] Lauds: first liturgical service of the day, celebrated usually well before dawn.
6] corncrake: the landrail, a harsh-sounding summer bird.
15] mignonette: sweet-smelling, blossomy reseda.
17] borage: a blue-flowered plant used to make cordial drinks.
24] Burning Bush: God revealed himself in a burning bush to Moses on Horeb.
29] orris: flower-de-luce.
30] pomander: "A mixture of aromatic substances, usually made into a ball, and carried in a small box or bag ... in the hand or pocket, or suspended by a chain from the neck or waist, esp. as a preservative against infection" (OED).
35] gillyflowers: clove-scented wallflowers, pinks.
phlox: colorful flower.
36] cote: small cottage.
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Original text: Katharine Tynan, Collected Poems (London: Macmillan, 1930): 243-44. 9720.d.402 Cambridge University Library
First publication date: 1901
Publication date note: Tynan's Poems (1901).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/30
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