James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

I Would in That Sweet Bosom Be


I would in that sweet bosom be
(O sweet it is and fair it is!)
Where no rude wind might visit me.
Because of sad austerities
I would in that sweet bosom be.

I would be ever in that heart
(O soft I knock and soft entreat her!)
Where only peace might be my part.
Austerities were all the sweeter
So I were ever in that heart.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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