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I waited for the train at Coventry;
Not only we, the latest seed of Time,
His beard a foot before him, and his hair
A yard behind. She told him of their tears,
And prayed him, "If they pay this tax, they starve."
Whereat he stared, replying half-amazed,
"You would not let your little finger ache
For such as these ?" — " But I would die," said she.
He laughed, and swore by Peter and by Paul:
Then filliped at the diamond in her ear;
"O ay, ay, ay, you talk !" — " Alas!" she said,
"But prove me what it is I would not do."
And from a heart as rough as Esau's hand,
He answered, "Ride you naked through the town,
And I repeal it; " and nodding, as in scorn,
He parted, with great strides among his dogs.
So left alone, the passions of her mind, As "Winds from all the compass shift and blow, Made war upon each other for an hour, Till pity won. She sent a herald forth, And bade him cry, with sound of trumpet, all The hard condition; but that she would loose The people: therefore, as they loved her well, From then till noon no foot should pace the street, No eye look down, she passing; but that all Should keep within, door shut, and window barred.
Then fled she to her inmost bower, and there
Unclasped the wedded eagles of her belt,
Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity:
Then she rode back, clothed on with chastity . And one low churl, compact of thankless earth, The fatal byword of all years to come,
Boring a little auger-hole in fear,
Peeped—but his eyes, before' they had their will,
Were shrivelled into darkness in his head,
And dropt before him. So the Powers, who wait
On noble deeds, cancelled a sense misused;
And she, that knew not, passed: and all at once,
With twelve great shocks of sound, the shameless noon
Was clashed and hammered from a hundred towers,
One after one: but even then she gained
Her bower; whence reissuing, robed and crowned,
To meet her lord, she took the tax away,
And built herself an everlasting name.
THE TWO VOICES,
A Still small voice spake unto me,
Then to the still small voice I said
To which the voice did urge reply:
"To-day I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
"An inner impulse rent the veil
"He dried his wings: like gauze they grew ,