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The Forsaken Wife by Elizabeth Thomas ‘Corinna’

Below, you’ll find the full poem ‘The Forsaken Wife’ by Elizabeth Thomas ‘Corinna’.

Methinks, ’tis strange you can’t afford

One pitying look, one parting word;

Humanity claims this as due,

But what’s humanity to you?


Cruel man! I am not blind,

Your infidelity I find;

Your want of love my ruin shows,

My broken heart, your broken vows.

Yet maugre all your rigid hate,

I will be true in spite of fate;

And one preeminence I’ll claim,

To be for ever still the same.


Show me a man that dare be true,

That dares to suffer what I do;

That can for ever sigh unheard,

And ever love without regard:

I then will own your prior claim

To love, to honour, and to fame;

But till that time, my dear, adieu,

I yet superior am to you.

Elizabeth Thomas ‘Corinna’


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2022-08-07T17:53:26+00:00July 16th, 2022|English Literature, Poetry|0 Comments
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