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Poem by James Joyce

Chamber Music. 24. Silently Shes Combing

Silently shes combing,
    Combing her long hair,
Silently and graciously,
    With many a pretty air.

The sun is in the willow leaves
    And on the dappled grass,
And still shes combing her long hair
    Before the looking-glass.

I pray you, cease to comb out,
    Comb out your long hair,
For I have heard of witchery
    Under a pretty air,

That makes as one thing to the lover
    Staying and going hence,
All fair, with many a pretty air
    And many a negligence. 

James Joyce

James Joyce's other poems:
  1. Chamber Music. 27. Though I Thy Mithridates Were
  2. Nightpiece
  3. Chamber Music. 31. O, It Was Out by Donnycarney
  4. Chamber Music. 10. Bright Cap and Streamers
  5. Chamber Music. 23. This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart

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