NEGLECTFUL EDWARD by ROBERT GRAVES
Nancy: 'Edward back from the Indian Sea, What have you brought for Nancy?'
Edward: 'A rope of pearls and a gold earring, And a bird of the East that will not sing, A carven tooth, a box with a key---'
Nancy: 'God be praised you are back,' says she, 'Have you nothing more for your Nancy?'
Edward: 'Long as I sailed the Indian Sea I gathered all for your fancy; Toys and silk and jewels I bring, And a bird of the East that will not sing: What more can you want, dear girl, from me?'
Nancy: 'God be praised you are back,' said she, 'Have you nothing better for Nancy?'
Edward: 'Safe and home from the Indian Sea, And nothing to take your fancy?'
Nancy: 'You can keep your pearls and your gold earring, And your bird of the East that will not sing, But, Ned, have you nothing more for me Than heathenish gew-gaw toys?' says she, 'Have you nothing better for Nancy?'
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|Author||Graves, Robert (1895-1985)|
|Item Date||(1995, 1997, 1999)|
|Copyright||The Robert Graves Copyright Trust|
|First line||'Edward back from the Indian Sea,|
|Publication source||Robert Graves Complete Poems: Volumes 1 - 3|
|Publication editor||Graves, Beryl and Ward, Dunstan|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|