Mrs. Waldorf Astor

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John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Waldorf Astor, 1909

"Let No Charitable Hope"
By ELINOR WYLIE 

Now let no charitable hope 
Confuse my mind with images 
Of eagle and of antelope: 
I am in nature none of these. 

I was, being human, born alone;
I am, being woman, hard beset;
I live by squeezing from a stone
The little nourishment I get.

In masks outrageous and austere
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.

Editor's Note: Students were asked to pair a poem and a painting with no explanation as to the connection between the two. 

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