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Short poem

Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Chicago Weather

              1To-day, fair Thisbe, winsome girl!
              2    Strays o'er the meads where daisies blow,
              3Or, ling'ring where the brooklets purl,
              4    Laves in the cool, refreshing flow.

              5To-morrow, Thisbe, with a host
              6    Of amorous suitors in her train,
              7Comes like a goddess forth to coast
              8    Or skate upon the frozen main.

              9To-day, sweet posies mark her track,
            10    While birds sing gayly in the trees;
            11To-morrow morn, her sealskin sack
            12    Defies the piping polar breeze.

            13So Doris is to-day enthused
            14    By Thisbe's soft, responsive sighs,
            15And on the morrow is confused
            16    By Thisbe's cold, repellent eyes.


1] Thisbe: among others, the tragic heroine of the rustics' play-within-the-play in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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: The Poems of Eugene Field, Complete Edition (Toronto: McClelland and Goodchild, 1910): 486-87. ROBA PS 1665 A2 1910. From Eugene Field, Sharps and Flats (Julia Sutherland Field, 1900, 1901).
First publication date: 1900
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: abab

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