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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extract from A Life Drama
By Alexander Smith (1830–1867)
 
(Scene VII)

I ’LL show you one who might have been an abbot
In the old time; a large and portly man,
With merry eyes, and crown that shines like glass.
No thin-smiled April he, bedript with tears,
But appled-Autumn, golden-cheeked and tan;        5
A jest in his mouth feels sweet as crusted wine.
As if all eager for a merry thought,
The pits of laughter dimple in his cheeks.
His speech is flavourous, evermore he talks
In a warm, brown, autumnal sort of style.        10
A worthy man, Sir! who shall stand at compt
With conscience white, save some few stains of wine.
 
 
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