Tell Me More or Tell Me Less


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Oil, 22x30cm. March 2010.

A poem has been brought to my attention. I am told it goes well with this image, so have stolen the last line for the painting's title, which was previously lacking.

The Petition
by James Russell Lowell 1819-1891

Oh tell me less or tell me more,
Soft eyes with mystery at their core,
That always seem to melt my own
Frankly as pansies fully grown,
Yet waver still 'tween no and yes!

So swift to cavil and deny,
Then parley with concessions shy,
Dear eyes, that make their youth be mine
And through my innermost shadows shine,
Oh tell me more or tell me less!