Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom

Original Text: 
William Ernest Henley, "Echoes IX," Poems (London: Macmillan and Co., 1920): 87. PR 4783 A36 1921 Robarts Library
Largo e mesto
1   Madam Life's a piece in bloom
2     Death goes dogging everywhere:
3She's the tenant of the room,
4     He's the ruffian on the stair.
5   You shall see her as a friend,
6You shall bilk him once or twice;
7   But he'll trap you in the end,
8And he'll stick you for her price.
9With his kneebones at your chest,
10    And his knuckles in your throat,
11You would reason -- plead -- protest!
12   Clutching at her petticoat;
13   But she's heard it all before,
14Well she knows you've had your fun,
15    Gingerly she gains the door,
16And your little job is done.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.