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7.

And I—soon managed to find

Weak points in the flower-fence facing, Was forced to put up a blind

And be safe in my corset-lacing.

8.

No harm! It was not my fault

If you never turned your eyes' tail up, As I shook upon E in alt.,

Or ran the chromatic scale up:

9.

For spring bade the sparrows pair,

And the boys and girls gave guesses, And stalls in our street looked rare

With bulrush and watercresses.

10.

Why did not you pinch a flower

In a pellet of clay and fling it ? Why did not I put a power

Of thanks in a look, or sing it ?

11.

I did look, sharp as a lynx,

(And yet the memory rankles) When models arrived, some minx

Tripped up-stairs, she and her ankles.

12.

But I think I gave you as good!

“ That foreign fellow,—who can know How she pays, in a playful mood,

For his tuning her that piano ?”

13.

Could you say so, and never say

“Suppose we join hands and fortunes, And I fetch her from over the way,

Her, piano, and long tunes and short tunes ?”

14.

No, no: you would not be rash,

Nor I rasher and something over : You ’ve to settle yet Gibson's hash,

And Grisi yet lives in clover.

15.

But you meet the Prince at the Board,

I’m queen myself at bals-paré, I've married a rich old lord,

And you ’re dubbed knight and an R. A.

16.

Each life 's unfulfilled, you see ;

It hangs still, patchy and scrappy: We have not sighed deep, laughed free,

Starved, feasted, despaired,—been happy.

17.,

And nobody calls you a dunce,

And people suppose me clever : This could but have happened once,

And we missed it, lost it for ever.

A FACE.

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