Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AFTER WATTEAU, by HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON



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First Line: Embarquons-nous!' I seem to go
Last Line: Embarquons-nous!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)


(TO F. W.)

'EMBARQUONS-NOUS!' I seem to go
Against my will. 'Neath alleys low
I bend, and hear across the air --
Across the stream -- faint music rare, --
Whose 'cornemuse,' whose 'chalumeau'?

Hark! was not that a laugh I know?
Who was it, hurrying, turned to show
The galley swinging by the stair? --
'Embarquons-nous!'

The silk sail flaps, light breezes blow;
Frail laces flutter, satins flow;
You, with the love-knot in your hair,
'Allons, embarquons pour Cythere';
You will not? Press her, then, PIERROT, --
'Embarquons-nous!'





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