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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Believing Is Seeing

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” – Ralph Hodgson

Born in 1871, Hodgson was a popular English poet considered one of the more “pastoral” of the group of so-called Georgian Poets.    A number of his poems were set to music in the 1930s and ‘40s, and he was honored for his life’s work with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.  Also a publisher and professor, he was a much sought-after speaker, including in the U.S. where he retired and lived in Ohio from the mid-1950s to his death in 1962.  For Saturday’s Poem, here is Hodgson’s,

The Gypsy Girl

'Come, try your skill, kind gentlemen,
A penny for three tries!'
Some threw and lost, some threw and won
A ten-a-penny prize.

She was a tawny gypsy girl,
A girl of twenty years,
I liked her for the lumps of gold
That jingled from her ears;

I liked the flaring yellow scarf
Bound loose about her throat,
I liked her showy purple gown
And flashy velvet coat.

A man came up, too loose of tongue,
And said no good to her;
She did not blush as Saxons do,
Or turn upon the cur;

She fawned and whined, 'Sweet gentleman,
A penny for three tries!'
- But oh, the den of wild things in
The darkness of her eyes!

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