John Arthur Phillips

(1842-1907 / Canada)

John Arthur Phillips Poems

1. Cyder: Book I 1/1/2004
2. Cyder: Book Ii 1/1/2004
3. The Splendid Shilling 1/1/2004
4. The Factory Girl 1/3/2003
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The Factory Girl

She wasn't the least bit pretty,
And only the least bit gay;
And she walked with a firm elastic tread,
In a business-like kind of way.
Her dress was of coarse, brown woollen,
Plainly but neatly made,
Trimmed with some common ribbon
Or cheaper kind of braid;
And a hat with a broken feather,
And shawl of a modest plaid.

Her face seemed worn and weary,
And traced with lines of care,
As her nut-brown tresses blew aside
In the keen December air;
Yet she was not old, scarce twenty,
And her form was full and sleek,
But her heavy eye,...

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