I Bended Unto Me A Bough Of May

Thomas Edward Brown 1830 – 1897



I bended unto me a bough of May,
That I might see and smell:
It bore it in a sort of way,
It bore it very well.
But, when I let it backward sway,
Then it were hard to tell
With what a toss, with what a swing,
The dainty thing
Resumed its proper level,
And sent me to the devil.
I know it did, you doubt it?
I turned, and saw them whispering about it.
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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 339
Words 76
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 12

Thomas Edward Brown

Thomas Edward Brown Manx poet scholar and theologian was born at Douglas Isle of Man and educated at King Williams College more…

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