Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol - Poem by Stevie Smith

The nearly right
And yet not quite
In love is wholly evil
And every heart
That loves in part
Is mortgaged to the devil

I loved or thought
I loved in sort
Was this to love akin?
To take the best
And leave the rest
And let the devil in?

O lovers true
And others too
Whose best is only better
Take my advice
Shun compromise
Forget him and forget her


Comments about To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol by Stevie Smith

  • (5/18/2014 1:16:00 PM)


    Hmm....for all those who have ever been bitten by love! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



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