Not Guilty

Ambrose Bierce 1842 (Meigs County) – 1914 (Chihuahua)



'I saw your charms in another's arms,'
Said a Grecian swain with his blood a-boil;
'And he kissed you fair as he held you there,
A willing bird in a serpent's coil!'

The maid looked up from the cinctured cup
Wherein she was crushing the berries red,
Pain and surprise in her honest eyes
'It was only one o' those gods,' she said.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XBXB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 330
Words 68
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. more…

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