Epigram To Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant

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Hail and farewell, across decades, George Sand;

of whom, in my senior year, I was so fond.

But I do not think your taken pseudonym

was more than a pretense, or, perhaps, a whim

engaged in for emotional protection.

But your disguise did not prevent detection.

I do not think you desired to be a man.
Nor do I think you wanted the love of Chopin---

not in the way that he might have asserted;

so he departed Nohant, disconcerted.





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