Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LET NO CHARITABLE HOPE, by ELINOR WYLIE



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First Line: Now let no charitable hope
Last Line: And none has quite escaped my smile.
Alternate Author Name(s): Benet, William Rose, Mrs.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Self; Women; Work; Workers


Now let no charitable hope
Confuse my mind with images
Of eagle and of antelope:
I am in nature none of these.

I was, being human, born alone;
I am, being woman, hard beset;
I live by squeezing from a stone
The little nourishment I get.

In masks outrageous and austere
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.





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