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MRS. GRUNDY ' Step very softly, sweet Quiet-foot, Stumble not,
whisper not, smile not: By this dark ivy stoop cheek and brow.
Still even thy heart! What seest thou? ' ' High-coifed,
broad-browed, aged, suave yet grim, A large flat face, eyes keenly
dim, Staring at nothing?that's me!?and yet, With a hate one could
never, no, never for- get . . .' ' This is my world, my garden, my
home, Hither my father bade mother to come And bear me out of the
dark into light, And happy I was in her tender sight. ' And then,
thou frail flower, she died and went, Forgetting my pitiless
banishment, Mrs. Grundy n And that Old Woman?an Aunt?she said, Came
hither, lodged, fattened, and made her bed. ' Oh yes, thou most
blessed, from Monday to Sunday Has lived on me, preyed on me, Mrs.
Grundy: Called me, " dear Nephew "; on each of those chairs Has
gloated in righteousness, heard my prayers. Why didst thou dare the
thorns of the grove, Timidest trespasser, huntress of love ? Now
thou hast peeped, and now dost know What kind of creature is thine
for foe. ' Not that she '11 tear out thy innocent eyes, Poison thy
mouth with deviltries. Watch thou, wait thou: soon will begin The
guile of a voice: hark!...'' Come in, Come in!' THE TRYST Flee into
some forgotten night and be Of all dark long my moon-bright
company: Beyond the rumour even of Paradise come, There, out of all
remembrance, make our home: Seek we some close hid shadow for our
lair, Hollowed by Noah's mouse beneath the chair Wherein the
Omnipotent, in slumber bound, Nods till the piteous Trump of
Judgment sound. Perchance Leviathan of the deep sea Would lease a
lost mermaiden's grot to me, There of your beauty we would joyance
make? A music wistful for the sea-nymph's sa...
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