Poetry of Kansas

A Prisoner

My Ladylove says, "No", ah, me!
        My Ladylove says, "No".
Her face she dooms me not to see
        In all the world below;
In vain I make my longing plea;
        My Love says firmly, "No".
 
The wide, wide world's a prison cell
        Because my Love says, "No";
For though I'm free as ocean's swell
        And winds that blithely blow,
A captive, caged, I daily dwell,
        Because my Love says, "No".
 
Too narrow is the boundless earth
        The while my Love says, "No";
For though I trace its long, long girth
        In roaming to and fro,
What is my seeming freedom worth,
        The while my Love says, "No".
 
I'll break all bounds! My Love I'll see!.
        But then-my Love says, "No".
And so, free-born, I am not free
        In all the world below;
And earth's a prison cell to me
        Because my Love says, "No".

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Page 77

 
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Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Page 77

 
Kansas:  Poetry  History  Towns  Counties  Colleges  Libraries  Museums

October 14, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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