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D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930).  Amores.  1916.
 
4. Discord in Childhood
 
 
OUTSIDE the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips,
And at night when the wind arose, the lash of the tree
Shrieked and slashed the wind, as a ship’s
Weird rigging in a storm shrieks hideously.
 
Within the house two voices arose in anger, a slender lash        5
Whistling delirious rage, and the dreadful sound
Of a thick lash booming and bruising, until it drowned
The other voice in a silence of blood, ’neath the noise of the ash.
 

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