Topic: Pity

Annie Shore and Johnnie Doon

Annie Shore, ’twas, sang last night Down in South End saloon; A tawdry creature in the light, Painted cheeks, eyes over bright, Singing a dance-hall tune. I’d be forgetting Annie’s singing— I’d not have thought again— But for the thing that cried and fluttered Through all the shrill refrain: Youth crying above foul words,...

By Patrick Orr
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30 October

Vain Hope

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say, Though late it be, though lily-time be past, Though all the summer skies be overcast, Haply I will go down to her, some day, And cast my rests of life before her feet, That she may have her will of me, being...

By Ernest Dowson
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06 October

A Vivid Girl

Her face is fair and smooth and fine, Childlike, with secret laughter lit, Drooping in pity, bright with wit, A flower, a flame—God fashioned it. Who sees her tastes the sacred wine. Clara Shanafelt...

By Clara Shanafelt
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19 August

The Fool’s Prayer

The royal feast was done; the King Sought some new sport to banish care, And to his jester cried: “Sir Fool, Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!” The jester doffed his cap and bells, And stood the mocking court before; They could not see the bitter smile Behind the painted...

By Edward Rowland Sill
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12 August