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Hiram & Jenny
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The History of England from the Accession of Queen Amanda
Macaulay is well for a while, but one wouldn't live under Niagara.
When we are with due ceremony wed,
to Lord Thomas Babbington Macaulay;
and after our brief honeymoon abroad,
the cries of 'Hooshtah!' 'Hooshtah!' still
ringing in our ears, our wedding night,
as of indelicate silks deftly withdrawn,
a blest present remembrance; only then
shall we make our casual way through
the intricate English snickets and come
to inhabit these streets, the true bazaars
Then shall the old agony be abated;
then shall omniscient schoolchildren
speak with the prolixity of angels.
Then shall we shy newlyweds bask,
holding hands in the sun's thin chill,
sipping our sweet, sacrosanct cha,
nibbling a well-nigh-melting rarebit
in nuptial rapture: no longer there,
where we have, for so long, longed
to be gathered, married, together,
Injustice showed you more
than enough of horror:
'The child's face was like a white
wedge of sheer terror.'
In your honour, Oscar,
nothing less will do:
when all is said and done,
that wallpaper must go.
God knows where. Truth
bestows its just rewards.
Wondrous, your best are
all last Words.
Bare in the mirror-river with his
only love, entranced Narcissus
tried the elongated back-stroke,
tender breast-stroke, subtle side-stroke,
rehearsed the strong Australian crawl
(it was no earthly use at all);
then, as one man, thought to try
the double-handed butterfly!
At last! Beside themselves they came
each moaning his beloved's name,
each with his image inundated!
O nevermore so sweetly sated!
See — hand in hand, white belly-up,
they float within the perfect tup,
to tugging current, lapping wave,
the pair of him a selfsame slave.
This jealous rumor echoed round:
that both the one of them had drowned.
Balls! Happy as a one-man-band,
he drifts downstream to la-la land;
he, woven as his blossom-spouse,
binds the night-starved Furies' brows.