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Short poem

Joseph Skipsey (1832-1903)

The Darling

              1Misfortune is a darling, ever
              2    Most faithful to the minstrel race;
              3Let low-bred wretches shun them, never
              4    Yet acted she a part so base.

              5True, oft by her the bard discovers
              6    He's stript of all he once possest;
              7But then, just like your sculpture-lovers,
              8    She likes her idols naked, best.

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: Joseph Skipsey, Songs and Lyrics (London: Walter Scott, 1892): 91. British Library 011653.m.45
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2001
Recent editing: 1:2002/10/5

Rhyme: abab

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