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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Epitaphium Citharistriæ by Victor Plarr

Stand not uttering sedately
Trite oblivious praise above her!
Rather say you saw her lately
Lightly kissing her last lover.

Whisper not, “There is a reason
Why we bring her no white blossom”:
Since the snowy bloom’s in season,
Strow it on her sleeping bosom:

Oh, for it would be a pity
To o’erpraise her or to flout her:
She was wild, and sweet, and witty —
Let’s not say dull things about her.

From: Blyth, Caroline (ed.), Decadent Verse: An Anthology of Late Victorian Poetry, 1872-1900, 2011, Anthem Press: London, p. 768.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=7lKIiIzvi0kC)

Date: 1896

By: Victor Plarr (1863-1929)

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