Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE IMPEACHED, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES

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LOVE IMPEACHED, by            
First Line: Listen for pity -- I impeach
Last Line: That, after all, he's but a child.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints

LISTEN for pity -- I impeach
The tyrant Love that, after play,
Dribbles on Beauty's cheek, and still
Refuses to be moved away.

That, not content with many a kiss,
Plays with his fingers on her lip;
And if she turns her back to him,
Drums with his hand on either hip.

Sometimes he squeezes, then he slaps,
I've heard he even bites her breast.
Now, how can Beauty keep her charms,
If she gets neither sleep nor rest?

Is there no punishment, I ask --
No small corrections, soft and mild:
For let us never once forget
That, after all, he's but a child.

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