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William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England
Monday, April 12, 2010

Lady Probationer

Rating: 2.8
Some three, or five, or seven, and thirty years;
A Roman nose; a dimpling double-chin;
Dark eyes and shy that, ignorant of sin,
Are yet acquainted, it would seem, with tears;
A comely shape; a slim, high-coloured hand,
Graced, rather oddly, with a signet ring;
A bashful air, becoming everything;
A well-bred silence always at command.
Her plain print gown, prim cap, and bright steel chain
Look out of place on her, and I remain
Absorbed in her, as in a pleasant mystery.
Quick, skilful, quiet, soft in speech and touch . . .
'Do you like nursing?' 'Yes, Sir, very much.'
Somehow, I rather think she has a history.
William Ernest Henley
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Dixie 01 May 2020
Psalm 14: 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 02 October 2017
Look out of place on her, and I remain Absorbed in her, as in a pleasant mystery. Nicely penned poem.
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