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William Ernest Henley (Уильям Эрнст Хенли)

Echoes. 9. Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom

        To W. R.

Madam Life’s a piece in bloom
   Death goes dogging everywhere:
She’s the tenant of the room,
   He’s the ruffian on the stair.

You shall see her as a friend,
   You shall bilk him once and twice;
But he’ll trap you in the end,
   And he’ll stick you for her price.

With his kneebones at your chest,
   And his knuckles in your throat,
You would reason—plead—protest!
   Clutching at her petticoat;

But she’s heard it all before,
   Well she knows you’ve had your fun,
Gingerly she gains the door,
   And your little job is done.

William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. Rhymes and Rhythms. 12. Some Starlit Garden Grey with Dew
  2. Ballade of the Toyokuni Colour-Print
  3. Echoes. 17. The Sands Are Alive with Sunshine
  4. Rhymes and Rhythms. 10. Midsummer Midnight Skies
  5. Rhymes and Rhythms. 20. The Shadow of Dawn

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