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The Foreign Land
- A WOMAN is a foreign land,
- Of which, though there he settle young
- A man will ne'er quite understand
- The customs, politics, and tongue.
- The foolish hie them post-haste through
- See fashions odd, and prospects fair,
- Learn of the language, 'How d'ye do,'
- And go and brag they have been there.
- The most for leave to trade apply,
- For once, at Empire's seat, her heart,
- Then get what knowledge ear and eye
- Glean chancewise in the life-long mart.
- And certain others, few and fit,
- Attach them to the court, and see
- The Country's best, its accent hit,
- And partly sound its policy.
- Coventry Patmore
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