Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LIEGEWOMAN, by JOHN DRINKWATER

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LIEGEWOMAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You may not wear immortal leaves
Last Line: "the passion of him, soul and thew."
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Women

YOU may not wear immortal leaves
Nor yet go laurelled in your days,
But he believes
Who loves you with most intimate praise
That none on earth has ever gone,
In whom a cleanlier spirit shone.

You may be unremembered when
Our chronicles are piled in dust:
No matter then --
None ever bore a lordlier lust
To know the savour sweet or sour
Down to the dregs of every hour.

And this your epitaph shall be --
"Within life's house her eager words
Lightened as wings of arrowy birds:
She was life's house-fellow, she knew
The passion of him, soul and thew."

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