Plucking the Duchess


Today I plucked the Duchess of Oldenburg
Beautiful, sweet and scared

Fruit of her youth I stole
As she stood wet and trembling there

“Oh, horrible world” she cried
“Oh, nightmare of nightmares” she roared

“Look at this wrong you have done me”
Groaning and moaning she poured

“E’en so I have plucked you” I told her
“E’en so you curse my hand”

“Even so, sweet Duchess, I plucked you,
Though why you may ne’er understand”


Art by Bob Patterson


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