Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

AT STE SCHOLASTIQUE


 

                                                        I.

The faint warm glimpse of an olive cheek
       We catch in the light of the evening sun
At a casement in Ste. Scholastique.

By a profile perfect if hardly Greek
       We are not alone dismay’d, undone—

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The faint warm glimpse of an olive cheek,

Do other travellers wistfully seek,
       And scholars some terrible risks have run
’Neath a casement in Ste. Scholastique.

The tint is so rich—the hair so sleek!

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       As the curtains move, the glimpse is won,
The faint warm glimpse of an olive cheek!

Can it be, as they say, that in less than a week
       That black-hair’d nymph will pose as a nun
At a casement in Ste. Scholastique?

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That Nanon will merge into Marie meek?
       If so, pass on, and devoutly shun
The faint warm glimpse of an olive cheek
At a casement in Ste. Scholastique.

                                                        II.

The World, the Flesh, and the Devil—they’re

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       On the country road, in the gas-lit town,
Anear and afar and everywhere.

When Nanon sets a spray in her hair,
       Or pins a rose on her homespun gown,
The World, the Flesh and the Devil are there!

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And no one escapes the triune snare,
       Nor Faust, nor Fool, nor King nor Clown.
Anear and afar and everywhere

They weave and whisper and never spare
       Either labouring man or man of renown.

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The World, the Flesh and the Devil—they’re

Even within the wall four-square
       Of Nanon’s convent. They fume and frown
Anear and afar and everywhere!

Sweet soul! Hearken well to the oath you swear

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       While girl-like you grasp the coveted Crown,
For the World, the Flesh and the Devil—they’re
Anear, and afar, and everywhere.
 

 


 

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