Jessie Pope

(18 March 1868 - 14 December 1941 / Leicestershire, England)

Love's Sacrifice - Poem by Jessie Pope

When I asked my dear Edwin to shave
I'd never a thought of denial;
He'd been such an absolute slave,
I put his devotion on trial.
But his eye threw a sinister dart,
His features grew dogged and grave ;
Still I hardly expected to part
When I asked him to shave.

He refused, and seemed eager to jest,
Till he saw my determined expression.
A moustache, he said, suited him best,
And helped in his budding profession.
' What! Like yours' I replied with a sneer.
He smiled when my temper grew hot,
And when I indulged in a tear
He said, ' Certainly not.'

'Twas enough, and I said what I felt,
Indignant and adamant-hearted,
On some of his drawbacks I dwelt
He took up his hat and departed.
I waited and waited in vain.
Disconsolate, haggard and white,
I wrestled each day with my pain
Till Saturday night.

Then I wrote and confessed I was wrong,
My hand with emotion was shaking,
I prayed him to come before long
To the heart that was his and was breaking.
Three terrible hours did I wait ;
He came and my reason was saved.
Then I saw what had made him so late
My Edwin had shaved.


Comments about Love's Sacrifice by Jessie Pope

  • Susan Williams (12/1/2015 6:14:00 PM)


    It is sad to see what some love demands and what other love will sacrifice (Report) Reply

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  • (5/15/2012 9:31:00 AM)


    I do not know what to write about this poem, so touching and beautiful from one angle, from another angle it looks so weird to me, as our Men in South India will never shave.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012



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