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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
A WOMAN is a foreign land,
  Of which, though there he settle young,
A man will ne’er quite understand
  The customs, politics and tongue,
The foolish hie them post-haste thro’,        5
  See fashions odd and prospects fair,
Learn of the language How d’ye do?
  And go and brag they have been there.
The most for leave to trade apply
  For once at Empire’s seat, her heart,        10
Then get what knowledge ear and eye
  Glean chancewise in the life-long mart.
And certain others, few and fit,
  Attach them to the Court and see
The Country’s best, its accent hit,        15
  And partly sound its Polity.

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