Rearrange a "Wife's" affection!


Rearrange a "Wife's" affection!

When they dislocate my Brain!

Amputate my freckled Bosom!

Make me bearded like a man!


5Blush, my spirit, in thy Fastness -

Blush, my unacknowledged clay -

Seven years of troth have taught thee

More than Wifehood ever may!


Love that never leaped its socket -

10Trust entrenched in narrow pain -

Constancy thro' fire — awarded -

Anguish — bare of anodyne!


Burden — borne so far triumphant -

None suspect me of the crown,

15For I wear the "Thorns" till Sunset -

Then — my Diadem put on.


Big my Secret but it's bandaged -

It will never get away

Till the Day its Weary Keeper

20Leads it through the Grave to thee.