Poetic Diction

from Good Fellowship, compiled by Samuel Francis Wollard (Wichita, Kansas: The Goldsmith-Woolard Publishing Co., 1909)

Waif doth, as in “the wind doth blow” waft, “For winds to waft me on my way” “As the Fates ordain” “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may” lass, to rhyme with glass thine, to rhyme with wine whence, “for you know not whence you came” ’twould ’mid e’en, “And who, ’mid e’en the fools” thee ’tis e’er stealeth, as in “Love, that stealeth upon us” olden, “Of olden wonder” ’Twouldn’t betwixt woe, “the weight of woe” “kilt, till ye break” art, “that thou art mine” “what e’er betide me” “joy enthralling” “your fond lips” “thy tender heart” yester-eve ’Twas easy ’mid, “’mid the hurrying throng” “Somewhere there waiteth in this world” “Doth ask a drink divine” ne’er care aught enow tho’ alas! Nay, “Nay, my friend, nay” “where’er a man roves” “I know thou lov’st” whatsoe’er blitheful, “blitheful while ye may” o’er, “o’er unknown seas” wherefore, “say not wherefore” alway, “Thou lovest and must love alway” “what thy manhood bids thee” oft, “But seen too oft” Methought ’Twere ’twixt, “’twixt you and me—” deem, “That some folks deem it” bedim, as in “no tear bedim.”

12 September 1980