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(Country Song.)


Nobody took any notice of her as she stood on the causey-
A-trying to sell her honey and apples, and bunches of garden
And if she had offered to give her wares, and herself with
    them too, that day,
I doubt if a soul would have cared to take a bargain so choice


But chancing to trace her sunburt grace that morning as I
    passed nigh,
I went and I said, “Poor maidy, dear! And will none o’ the
    people buy?”
And so it began; and soon we knew what the end of it all
    must be,
And I found that though no others had bid, a prize had been
    won by me.

                                                           THOMAS HARDY.

MLA citation:

Hardy, Thomas. “The Market Girl.” The Venture: an Annual of Art and Literature, vol. 1, 1903, p. 10. Venture Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2019-2021. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2021,