So Sweet a Mouth Had She [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).]

So Sweet a Mouth Had She

Her eyes foretold of happiness
As grapes foretell of wine:
Her feet were as the lights that fall
In greeneries divine.

Her forehead seemed a clear heaven
Where all the loves agree:
Her lips were as the flowers’ lips,
So sweet a mouth had she.

Her hair was like the thoughts that fall
As raiment for a rhyme:
Her bosom was a white morning
In the keen Summer-time.

She had that old delightsomeness
Shed by the strawberry,
And lacked not kisses in her time —
So sweet a mouth had she.



Source:
John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], pages 141

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