TO ANN MELHUISH in “The Bartered Bride”

Posted by Admin on Saturday, 23rd February 2008, 00:00

Danced she not as one who dances
on a stage in lively measure;
but as joyous heart elances,
lives, and moves in rhythmic pleasure.

Moved she gaily, and with vigour
trod the steps in Czech tradition;
lifted skirt and lithesome figure,
whirling, knew no inhibition.

Danced she there as one inspired,
Smetana himself to pleasure;
peasant maid by peasant squired,
tripping thro’ the festive leisure.

T. C. Hudson
15th June 1950

© T. C. Hudson.

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