The Violet (Landon)

The Violet (Landon)  (1824) 
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

published in Improvisatrice and Other Poems, 1824. 'Fragments'


VIOLETS!—deep-blue Violets!

April's loveliest coronets!

There are no flowers grow in the vale,

Kiss'd by the dew, woo'd by the gale,—

None by the dew of the twilight wet,

So sweet as the deep-blue Violet!

I do remember how sweet a breath

Came with the azure light of a wreath

That hung round the wild harp's golden chords,

Which rang to my dark-eyed lover's words.

I have seen that dear harp rolled

With gems of the East and bands of gold;

But it never was sweeter than when set

With leaves of the deep-blue Violet!

And when the grave shall open for me,—

I care not how soon that time may be,—

Never a rose shall grow on that tomb,

It breathes too much of hope and of bloom;—

But there be that flower's meek regret,

The bending and deep-blue Violet!

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.