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The Lady Cardinal

Donald P. Goodman III

The lady cardinal hides her lustrous, fiery plume beneath her dull, unlustrous, feather'd cloak of gray, a bride beveil'd, her locks conceal'd from her own groom, to be reveal'd when all the guests have gone away; but like the bride, no matter how she works and tries, that heart-deep beauty shines through every shallow veil, turns every passing glance into divine surprise, when brilliance o'er a modest cov'ring shall prevail. For truest beauty cannot e'er be set aside, not e'en the one who has it can its light assail; her cloak of gray her inner splendor has belied: not even her own plumage can her plumage hide.