THE FOREIGN LAND - Coventry Patmore Poems


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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.
The foolish hie them post-haste through,
    See fashions odd, and prospects fair,
Learn of the language, "How d'ye do,"
    And go and brag they have been there.
The most for leave to trade apply,
    For once, at Empire's seat, her heart,
Then get what knowledge ear and eye
    Glean chancewise in the life-long mart.
And certain others, few and fit,
    Attach them to the Court, and see
The Country's best, its accent hit,
    And partly sound its polity.