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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Epitaphium Citharistri√¶ 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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