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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
From In Hospital: Staff-nurse: New Style
By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
 
BLUE-EYED and bright of face, but waning fast
Into the sere of virginal decay,
I view her as she enters, day by day,
As a sweet sunset almost overpast.
Kindly and calm, patrician to the last,        5
Superbly falls her gown of sober grey,
And on her chignon’s elegant array
The plainest cap is somehow touched with caste.
She talks BEETHOVEN; frowns diapprobation
At BALZAC’S name, sighs it at “poor GEORGE SAND’S”;        10
Knows that she has exceeding pretty hands;
Speaks Latin with a right accentuation;
And gives at need (as one who understands)
Draught, counsel, diagnosis, exhortation.
 
 
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