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Constance Woodrow (1899-1937)

To a Vagabond


              1But half of me is woman grown;
              2     The other half is child.
              3But half my heart loves quiet ways;
              4     The other half is wild.
              5And so to hear your gypsy song
              6     I dare not come again;
              7To-morrow, when the twilight falls,
              8     Your voice will lure in vain.

              9For all of you is vagabond
            10     And all of you is free;
            11Your feet roam still the winding trails
            12     That now are strange to me.
            13My gypsy feet are captive held
            14     Within a garden-space
            15Since I renounced the whole wide world
            16     For one belovèd face.


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: Constance Davies-Woodrow, The Captive Gypsy (Toronto: Balk-Preston, 1928): 11. PS 8545 O62C3 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1928
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/23

Form: octaves
Rhyme: abcbdefe


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