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First Line: In bed I muse on tenier's boors
Last Line: Cat-naps take in pipe-bowl light.
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Peasantry; Teniers, David, The Younger, (1610-1690)


In bed I muse on Tenier's boors,
Embrowned and beery losels all:
A wakeful brain
Elaborates pain:
Within low doors the slugs of boors
Laze and yawn and doze again.

In dreams they doze, the drowsy boors,
Their hazy hovel warm and small:
Thought's ampler bound
But chill is found:
Within low doors the basking boors
Snugly hug the ember-mound.

Sleepless, I see the slumberous boors
Their blurred eyes blink, their eyelids fall:
Thought's eager sight
Aches -- overbright!
Within low doors the boozy boors
Cat-naps take in pipe-bowl light.





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