Beauty's Bait

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Beauty's Bait
written by William Henry Davies
From "Songs of Joy", 1911 Link to further information




When Beauty scents with love her bait,
What artful secrets meet their fate;
What things we darkly hide with care,
Leap out before we are aware.

Thinking of girls in flesh and blood,
And not of any shadowy brood -
What poor tame sport will Beauty find
When I confess to her my mind.

When I shall tell of girls whose looks
Came out of painted cloth or books,
Then Beauty, erstwhile full of thought.
Must laugh when such poor things are caught.

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