Nun, The Poem

By James Henry Leigh Hunt


If you become a nun, dear,
A friar I will be;
In any cell you run, dear,
Pray look behind for me.
The roses all turn pale, too;
The doves all take the veil, too;
The blind will see the show:
What! you become a nun, my dear!
I’ll not believe it, no.


If you become a nun, dear,
The bishop Love will be;
The Cupids every one, dear,
Will chaunt “We trust in thee”;
The incense will go sighing,
The candles fall a dying,
The water turn to wine:
What! you go take the vows, my dear!
You may, but they’ll be mine.

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