Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SINGER'S MUSE, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE

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First Line: I brought in these to make her kitchen sweet
Last Line: "her bashful singer and her servant boy."
Subject(s): Babylon; Dublin, Ireland; Fame; Flowers; Parnassus (Mountain), Greece; Sex; Spring; Troy; Reputation

I BROUGHT in these to make her kitchen sweet,
Haw blossoms and the roses of the lane.
Her heart seemed in her eyes so wild they beat
With welcome for the boughs of Spring again.
She never heard of Babylon or Troy,
She read no book, but once saw Dublin town;
Yet she made a poet of her servant boy
And from Parnassus earned the laurel crown.

If Fame, the Gorgon, turns me into stone
Upon some city square, let someone place
Thorn blossoms and lane roses newly blown
Beside my feet, and underneath them trace:
"His heart was like a bookful of girls' song,
With little loves and mighty Care's alloy.
These did he bring his muse, and suffered long,
Her bashful singer and her servant boy."

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