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Short poem

Edmund Vance Cooke (1866-1932)


              1To deftly do what many dimly think;
              2    To fund a feeling for the world to borrow;
              3To turn a tear to printer's ink;
              4    To make a sonnet of a sorrow.


1] This the first quatrain in "A Triplet of Quatrains." The second is "Ego-theism":

This trouble seems to be
    Chief in theology:
Each thinks the hymn should be, --
    Nearer, my God, to Thee.
and the third "The Mystery of Evil":
The rake upon a wanton wastes the wiles
    Which dazzle innocence.
The nettle guards itself; the lily smiles
    Unheedful of defence.

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: A Patch of Pansies (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894): 13. Microtext Reading Room CIHM no. 29307. Robarts Library
First publication date: 1894
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/20

Rhyme: abab

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