BETA

Sonnet

On the Nonpareil .


None but himself can be his parallel ! ”

With marble-coloured shoulders—and keen
eyes,
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Protected by a forehead broad and white2
And hair cut close lest it impede the sight,3
And clenched hands, firm, and of punishing
size
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Steadily held, or motion’d wary-wise,5
To hit or stop—and kerchief too drawn tight6
O’er the unyielding loins, to keep from
flight
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The inconstant wind, that all too often
flies
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The Nonpareil stands ! —Fame, whose bright
eyes run o’er
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With joy to see a Chicken of her own10
Dips her rich pen in claret, and writes down11
Under the letter R, first on the score,12
Randall—John—Irish Parents—age not
known—
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Good with both hands, and only ten
stone four ! ”
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