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Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Mournful Stanzas

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6. MOURNFUL STANZAS.

 

Let on my brow thy hand so gently fall
That I be not aware how late it grows:
Moss decks the boulder, bloom-clad is the wall,
Through withered grave-yard wreaths a murmur goes,
When the November evening earthwards flows.
Let on my brow thy hand so gently fall
That I be not aware how late it grows.

Long have we gone together.—Go we still;
Not roses, but bare ivy give I thee;
I ging not nightingales' but wood-birds' trill,
The child's lament that strays upon the lea;
Thou knowest joy, I know but misery.
Long have we gone together.—Go we still,
Not roses, but bare ivy give I thee.

When roses fade, the ivy still is whole
And around graves it twines in faithful wise:
Till death uncages, as a bird, the soul,
Long do I crave to kiss thy faithful eyes.
When roses fade, the ivy still is whole,
And around graves it twines in faithful wise.

Let on my brow thy hand so gently fall,
That I be not aware how late it grows;
That, what we in long even-tides recall
Fill our remaining journey with repose;
Thine eyes brought all the peace my being knows.
Let on my brow thy hand so gently fall.
That I be not aware how late it grows.

"Life and Death" (1892)

 
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