City and Country

Original Text: 
The Complete Poems of W. H. Davies, intro. by Osbert Sitwell (London: Jonathan Cape, 1963): 512. PR 6007 A8A17
1The City has dull eyes,
2    The City's cheeks are pale;
3The City has black spit,
4    The City's breath is stale.
5The Country has red cheeks,
6    The Country's eyes are bright;
7The Country has sweet breath,
8    The Country's spit is white.
9Dull eyes, breath stale; ink spit
10    And cheeks like chalk--for thee;
11Eyes bright, red cheeks; sweet breath
12    And spit like milk--for me.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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