The Poetry Corner

On Hearing Mrs. Woodhouse Play The Harpsichord

By William Henry Davies

We poets pride ourselves on what We feel, and not what we achieve; The world may call our children fools, Enough for us that we conceive. A little wren that loves the grass Can be as proud as any lark That tumbles in a cloudless sky, Up near the sun, till he becomes The apple of that shining eye. So, lady, I would never dare To hear your music ev'ry day; With those great bursts that send my nerves In waves to pound my heart away; And those small notes that run like mice Bewitched by light; else on those keys - My tombs of song - you should engrave: 'My music, stronger than his own, Has made this poet my dumb slave.'