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Pleasant the hand that, in the gusty porches,
Better the twilight and the cheery chatting,-
Where one may lie, and watch the fingers tatting,
All worship mine. Her purity doth hedge her
Bend to the goddess, manifest again.
None worship mine. But some, I fancy, love her,-
Save that she brings the summer and the sun.
Mine is a Lady, beautiful and queenly,
Mine is a Woman, kindly beyond measure,
"Jack's sister Florence!" Never, Francis, never. Jack, do you hear? Why, it was she I meant. She like the country! Ah, she's far too clever
There you are wrong. I know her down in Kent.
You'll get a sunstroke, standing with your head bare. Sorry to differ. Jack,-the word 's with you.
How is it, Umpire? Though the motto 's threadbare, "Cœlum, non animum ”—is, I take it, true.
"Souvent femme varie," as a rule, is truer ;
Flattered, I'm sure,-but both of you romance. Happy to further suit of either wooer,
Merely observing-you have n't got a chance.
Yes. But the Pipe
The Pipe is what we care for,—
Well, in this case, I scarcely need explain, Judgment of mine were indiscreet, and therefore,— Peace to you both. The Pipe I shall retain.
A GARDEN IDYLL.
IR POET, ere you crossed the lawn
(If it was wrong to watch you, pardon,) Behind this weeping birch withdrawn,
I watched you saunter round the garden. I saw you bend beside the phlox,
Pluck, as you passed, a sprig of myrtle, Review my well-ranged hollyhocks,
Smile at the fountain's slender spurtle;
You paused beneath the cherry-tree, Where my marauder thrush was singing, Peered at the bee-hives curiously,
And narrowly escaped a stinging; And then-you see I watched-you passed Down the espalier walk that reaches Out to the western wall, and last
Dropped on the seat before the peaches.
What was your thought? You waited long. Sublime or graceful,-grave,—satiric?
A Morris Greek-and-Gothic song?
THE POET. Madam,-whose uncensorious eye
Grows gracious over certain pages, Wherein the Jester's maxims lie,
It may be, thicker than the Sage's— I hear but to obey, and could
Mere wish of mine the pleasure do you, Some verse as whimsical as Hood,—
As gay as Praed,—should answer to you.
But, though the common voice proclaims Our only serious vocation
Confined to giving nothings names,
And dreams a “local habitation"; Believe me there are tuneless days,
When neither marble, brass, nor vellum, Would profit much by any lays
That haunt the poet's cerebellum.