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Coventry Patmore
(1823-1896) born on
Jul 23
English poet, critic. His works include "The Angel in the House" and "The Unknown Eros."
         
   
F
My little son, who looked from thoughtful eyes
And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise,
Having my law the seventh time disobeyed,
I struck him, and dismissed
With hard words and unkissed,
His mother, who was patient, being dead.

R
I saw you take his kiss!' ` 'Tis true.'
`Oh, modesty!' `Twas strictly kept:
He thought me asleep; at least, I knew
He thought I thought he thought I slept.'
A
Love's perfect blossom only blows
Where noble manners veil defect.
Angels may be familiar; those
Who err each other must respect.
N
Why, having won her, do I woo?
Because her spirit's vestal grace
Provokes me always to pursue,
But, spirit-like, eludes embrace.
K
A woman is a foreign land,
Of which, though there he settle young,
A man will ne'er quite understand
The customs, politics, and tongue.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Unknown Eros, Bk i. 10, `The Toys'
R: The Angel in the House, Bk ii. 8, Prelude 3
A: The Angel in the House," Bk. I, Prelude 2
N: The Angel in the House, Bk ii. 12, Prelude 1
K: The Angel in the House, Bk ii. 9, Prelude 2
   


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