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Lilah, Alice, Hypatia

James Thomson - Bysshe Vanolis 1834 ( Port Glasgow) – 1882 ( London, )

To Alice and Hypatia Bradlaugh

Who was Lilah? I am sure
She was young and sweet and pure;
With the forehead wise men love,
Here a lucid dawn above
Broad curved brows, and twilight there,
Under the deep dusk of hair.

And her eyes? I cannot say
Whether brown, or blue, or grey:
I have seen them brown, and blue,
And a soft green grey, the hue
Shakespeare loved (and he was wise);
'Grey as glass' were Silvia's eyes.

So to Lilah's name above
I will add two names I love,
Linking with the bracket curls
Three sweet names of three sweet girls:-
Sunday of Saint Valentine,
Eighteen hundred sixty-nine.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

Modified on April 30, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 586
Words 114
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 6, 6, 6

James Thomson - Bysshe Vanolis

James Thomson, who wrote under the pseudonym Bysshe Vanolis, was a Scottish Victorian era poet famous primarily for the long poem The City of Dreadful Night, an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment. more…

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