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JAMES JOYCE

b.1882

951                                   Bid adieu to Maidenhood

BID adieu, adieu, adieu,
   Bid adieu to girlish days,
Happy Love is come to woo
   Thee and woo thy girlish ways
The zone that doth become thee fair,
The snood upon thy yellow hair,

When thou hast heard his name upon
   The bugles of the cherubim
Begin thou softly to unzone
   Thy girlish bosom unto him
And softly to undo the snood
That is the sign of maidenhood.

 

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