Poets make pets of pretty, docile words: I love smooth words, like gold-enamelled fish Which circle slowly with a silken swish, And tender ones, like downy-feathred birds: Words shy and dappled, deep-eyed deer in herds, Come to my hand, and playful if I wish, Or purring softly at a silver dish, Blue Persian kittens fed on cream and curds. I love bright words, words up and singing early; Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing; Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees; I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly, Like midsummer moths, and honied words like bees, Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "Pretty words", appears in Collected Poems, first published 1932 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Russell Woollen (1923 - 1994), "Pretty words", 1964 [voice and piano], from Willow Brook Suite [text not verified]
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