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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.”
“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?”
“Your youth is like a water-wetted stone, / Bright with a beauty that is not its own.”
“Stand still, Time; / Hold, hold your pace ...”
“The wrong you have done is very quiet: just / Not being there.”
“More piercing, more unbearable than blame / Is to be understood.”
Frances C. Cornford, English poet
(1886 - 1960)