Marcus Clarke

(24 April 1846 – 2 August 1881 / London / United Kingdom)

Poems of Marcus Clarke

1. An Australian Paean—1876 4/21/2010
2. In a Lady's Album 1/1/2004
3. The Song of Tigilau 1/4/2003
4. The Wail of the Waiter 5/23/2012

In a Lady's Album

WHAT can I write in thee, O dainty book,
About whose daintiness faint perfume lingers—
Into whose pages dainty ladies look,
And turn thy dainty leaves with daintier fingers?

Fitter my ruder muse for ruder song,
My scrawling quill to coarser paper matches;
My voice, in laughter raised too loud and long,
Is hoarse and cracked with singing tavern catches.

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