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TO BE LIKED BY YOU WOULD BE A CALAMITY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Attack is more piquant than concord,' but when
Last Line: Are a shout.
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Poetry & Poets


"ATTACK is more piquant than concord," but when
You tell me frankly that you would like to feel
My flesh beneath your feet,
I'm all abroad; I can but put my weapon up, and
Bow you out.
Gesticulation—it is half the language.
Let unsheathed gesticulation be the steel
Your courtesy must meet,
Since in your hearing words are mute, which to my senses
Are a shout.





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