I've a highly intelligent face—
My features cannot be denied—
But, whatever I try, sir,
I fail in—and why, sir ?
I'm modesty personified!
As a poet, I'm tender and quaint—
I've passion and fervour and grace—
From Ovid and Horace
To Swinburne and Morris,
They all of them take a back place.
Then I sing and I play and I paint;
Though none are accomplished as I,
To say so were treason:
You ask me the reason?
I'm diffident, modest and shy!
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SONGS OF A SAVOYARD