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half remembered poem
Posted by: lisseman (86.152.120.---)
Date: May 02, 2009 03:43AM

I am trying to find a poem about a 'fallen' woman who lives the good life in Victorian times. The refrain is something like, '......when you are ruined,said she'
Thanks.. Lisseman


Re: half remembered poem
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.128.---)
Date: May 02, 2009 04:20AM

It's a great favourine of mine!

THE RUINED MAID Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

" 'Melia, my dear, this does everything crown!
Who could have supposed I should meet you in Town?
And whence such fair garments, such prosperi-ty?"--
"O didn't you know I'd been ruined?" said she.

"You left us in tatters, without shoes or socks,
Tired of digging potatoes, and spudding up docks;
And now you've gay bracelets and bright feathers three!"--
"Yes: that's how we dress when we're ruined," said she.

-- "At home in the barton you said thee' andthou,'
And thik oon,' andtheńs oon,' and `t'other'; but now
Your talking quite fits 'ee for high compa-ny!"--
"Some polish is gained with one's ruin," said she.

-- "Your hands were like paws then, your face blue and bleak
But now I'm bewitched by your delicate cheek,
And your little gloves fit as on any la-dy!"--
"We never do work when we're ruined," said she.

-- "You used to call home-life a hag-ridden dream,
And you'd sigh, and you'd sock; but at present you seem
To know not of megrims or melancho-ly!"--
"True. One's pretty lively when ruined," said she.

-- "I wish I had feathers, a fine sweeping gown,
And a delicate face, and could strut about Town!"--
"My dear -- a raw country girl, such as you be,
Cannot quite expect that. You ain't ruined," said she.


Re: half remembered poem
Posted by: lisseman (86.152.120.---)
Date: May 02, 2009 04:49AM

Thank you so much, this is the first time I've used this web site and an answer within minutes is wonderful.
Lisseman


Re: half remembered poem
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.128.---)
Date: May 02, 2009 01:17PM

You are very welcome, Lisseman




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