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Frances C. Cornford

"A young Apollo, golden-haired, / Stands dreaming on the verge of strife / Magnificently unprepared / For the long littleness of life."

Frances C. Cornford, "Youth," Poems (1910)

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"O why do you walk through the fields in gloves, / Missing so much and so much? / O fat white woman whom nobody loves, / Why do you walk through the fields in gloves / When the grass is as soft as the breast of doves / And shivering sweet to the touch?"

Frances C. Cornford, "To a Fat Lady Seen From the Train," Poems (1910)

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"Your youth is like a water-wetted stone, / Bright with a beauty that is not its own."

Frances C. Cornford, "Susan to Diana," Autumn Midnight (1923)

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"Stand still, Time; / Hold, hold your pace ..."

Frances C. Cornford, "The Unbeseechable," Different Days (1928)

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"The wrong you have done is very quiet: just / Not being there."

Frances C. Cornford, "The Dead One," Different Days (1928)

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"More piercing, more unbearable than blame / Is to be understood."

Frances C. Cornford, "The Betrayer," Traveling Home (1948)

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Frances C. Cornford, English poet
(1886 - 1960)