They lived respectably as man and wife


Don Jóse and the Donna Inez led
For some time an unhappy sort of life,
Wishing each other, not divorced, but dead.
They lived respectably as man and wife,
Their conduct was exceedingly well-bred
And gave no outward signs of inward strife,
Until at length the smothered fire broke out
And put the business past all kind of doubt.

Image and audio extract © Peter Gallagher, 2012

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Byron fan (not fanatic); poetry lover (not tragic); doctor of melancholia (not gloom).