Poems— Volume 1

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Author: George Meredith

V

A message from her set his brain aflame.
A world of household matters filled her mind,
Wherein he saw hypocrisy designed:
She treated him as something that is tame,
And but at other provocation bites.
Familiar was her shoulder in the glass,
Through that dark rain: yet it may come to pass
That a changed eye finds such familiar sights
More keenly tempting than new loveliness.
The ’What has been’ a moment seemed his own:
The splendours, mysteries, dearer because known,
Nor less divine: Love’s inmost sacredness
Called to him, ’Come!’—In his restraining start,
Eyes nurtured to be looked at scarce could see
A wave of the great waves of Destiny
Convulsed at a checked impulse of the heart.

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Chicago: George Meredith, "V," Poems— Volume 1, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems—Volume 1 (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed May 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HP7E3RYQVIYM6JT.

MLA: Meredith, George. "V." Poems— Volume 1, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems—Volume 1, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 31 May. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HP7E3RYQVIYM6JT.

Harvard: Meredith, G, 'V' in Poems— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems—Volume 1, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 31 May 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=HP7E3RYQVIYM6JT.