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Louis MacNeice

“Let the old Muse loosen her stays
Or give me a new Muse with stockings and suspenders
And a smile like a cat,
With false eyelashes and finger-nails of carmine
And dressed by Schiaparelli, with a pill-box hat.
Give me a houri but houris are too easy,
Give me a nun;
We'll rape the angels off the golden reredos
Before we're done.”

Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal
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Autumn Journal Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice
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