Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE GUDEWIFE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: My gudewife - she that is tae be
Last Line: Luve's tapmaist-bubblin' ecstasy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Faces; Love; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives
MY gudewife -- she that is tae be --
O she sall seeme sang-sweete tae me
As her ain croon tuned wi' the chiel's
An' faire she'll be, an' saft, an' light,
As her spick apron, jimpy laced
The-round her waiste. --
Yet aye as rosy sall she bloome
Intil the roome
(The where alike baith bake an' dine)
As a full-fine
Ripe rose, lang rinset wi' the raine,
Sall seate me at her table-spread,
White as her bread. --
Where I, sae kissen her for grace,
Sall see her face
Smudged, yet aye sweeter, for the bit
O' floure on it,
Whiles, witless, she sall sip wi' me
Luve's tapmaist-bubblin' ecstasy.
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