To the Tune of the Coventry Carol

We present this work in honor of the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death.

Stevie Smith
English
1902 – 1971

 

The nearly right
And yet not quite
In love is wholly evil
And every heart
That loves in part
Is mortgaged to the devil

I loved or thought
I loved in sort
Was this to love akin?
To take the best
And leave the rest
And let the devil in?

O lovers true
And others too
Whose best is only better
Take my advice
Shun compromise
Forget him and forget her

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