Original Text: 
A Patch of Pansies (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894): 13. Microtext Reading Room CIHM no. 29307. Robarts Library
2    To fund a feeling for the world to borrow;
3To turn a tear to printer's ink;
4    To make a sonnet of a sorrow.


1] This the first quatrain in "A Triplet of Quatrains." The second is "Ego-theism":
This trouble seems to be
    Chief in theology:
Each thinks the hymn should be, --
    Nearer, my God, to Thee.
and the third "The Mystery of Evil":
The rake upon a wanton wastes the wiles
    Which dazzle innocence.
The nettle guards itself; the lily smiles
    Unheedful of defence.
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Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.