Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO A SERIOUS LADY, by MARTHA BANNING THOMAS

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TO A SERIOUS LADY, by            
First Line: A rare distinction you possess
Last Line: Demurely round you like a dress!
Alternate Author Name(s): Eden, Patience
Subject(s): Lies

A rare distinction you possess,
A lovely, deep unconsciousness,
For even when you fib to me
In solemn, sweet transparency,
You cannot know the joy I find
In swimming through your limpid mind.
You sit and look me in the eye
And give a lilt to every lie,
A little upward twist and fling,
Which makes untruth a lyric thing:
And when I laugh at you a bit,
You grow quite plaintive over it
And draw a robe of soft distress,
Demurely round you like a dress!

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