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Short poem

James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892)

Of F. W. H. M.: 1. To One that Smokes

              1Spare us the hint of slightest desecration,
              2    Spotless preserve us an untainted shrine;
              3Not for thy sake, oh goddess of creation,
              4    Not for thy sake, oh woman, but for mine.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: J. K. Stephen, Lapsus Calami, new edn. (Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes, 1891). PR 5473 S4L3 1891 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1891
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Rhyme: abab

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