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Famous Barmaid Poems by Famous Poets

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by Henley, William Ernest
...Though, if you ask her name, she says Elise,
Being plain Elizabeth, e'en let it pass,
And own that, if her aspirates take their ease,
She ever makes a point, in washing glass,
Handling the engine, turning taps for tots,
And countering change, and scorning what men say,
Of posing as a dove among the pots,
Nor often gives her dignity away.
Her head's a w...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...o is the father of my child
 I wish I could discover.
For though I know it is not right
 In tender arms to tarry,
A barmaid has to be polite
 To Tom and Dick and Harry.

My truest love was Poacher Jim:
 I wish my babe was his'n.
Yet I can't father it on him
 Because he was in prison.
As uniforms I like, I had
 A soldier and a sailor;
Then there was Pete the painter lad,
 And Timothy the tailor.

Though virtue hurt you vice ain't nice;
 They say to err is h...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...or tavern,
That he not visited with his solas*, *mirth, sport
There as that any *garnard tapstere* was. *licentious barmaid*
But sooth to say he was somedeal squaimous* *squeamish
Of farting, and of speeche dangerous.
This Absolon, that jolly was and gay,
Went with a censer on the holy day,
Censing* the wives of the parish fast; *burning incense for
And many a lovely look he on them cast,
And namely* on this carpenter's wife: *especially
To look on her him thought a m...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...wered, "I saw it first!" 
A pub with a good old-fashioned air, with bottles behind the blind, 
And a golden tint in the barmaid's hair -- I could see it all -- in my mind -- 

Ere ever the motor ceased its roar, ere ever the chauffeur knew, 
I made a dash for the open door, and madly darted through. 
I looked for the barmaid, golden-crowned as they were in the good old time, 
And -- shades of Hennessy! -- what I found was a wowser selling "lime!" 
And the scoundrel said a...Read More

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