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Ah, well—but sing the foolish song

I gave you, Alice, on the day When, arm in arm, we went along,

A pensive pair, and you were gay With bridal flowers—that I

may seem, As in the nights of old, to lie Beside the mill-wheel in the stream,

While those full chestnuts whisper by.

It is the miller's daugbter,

And she is grown so dear, so dear,
That I would be the jewel

That trembles at her ear :
For hid in ringlets day and night,
I'd touch her neck so warm and white.

And I would be the girdle

About her dainty dainty waist,
And her heart would beat against me,

In sorrow and in rest :
And I should know if it beat right,
I'd clasp it round so close and tight.

And I would be the necklace,

And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,

With her laughter or her sighs,
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasp'd at night.

A trifle, sweet! which true love spells —

True love interprets—right alone.
His light upon the letter dwells,

For all the spirit is his own.
So, if I waste words now, in truth

You must blame Love. His early rage Had force to make me rhyme in youth,

And makes me talk too much in age.

And now those vivid hours are gone,

Like mine own life to me thou art, Where Past and Present, wound in one,

Do make a garland for the heart : So sing that other song I made,

Half-anger'd with my happy lot, The day, when in the chestnut shade

I found the blue Forget-me-not.

Love that bath us in the net,
Can he pass, and we forget ?
Many suns arise and set.
Many a chance the years beget.
Love the gift is Love the debt.

Even so.
Love is hurt with jar and frete
Love is made a vagne regret.

Eyes with idle tears are wet.
Idle habit links us yet.
What is love ? for we forget :

Ah, no! no !

Look thro' mine eyes with thine. True wife,

Round my true heart thine arms entwine ; My other dearer life in life,

Look thro' my very soul with thine ! Untouch'd with


shade of years, May those kind eyes for ever dwell ! They have not shed a many tears,

Dear eyes, since first I knew them well.

Yet tears they shed : they had their part

Of sorrow : for when time was ripe, The still affection of the heart

Became an outward breathing type, That into stillness past again,

And left a want unknown before ; Although the loss that brought us pam,

That loss but made us love the more,

With farther lookings on. The kiss,

The woven arms, seem but to be Weak symbols of the settled bliss,

The comfort, I have found in thee :

But that God bless thee, dear—who wrought

Two spirits to one equal mind-
With blessings beyond hope or thought,

With blessings which no words can find.

Arise, and let us wander forth,

yon old mill across the wolds; For look, the sunset, south and north,

Winds all the vale in rosy folds, And fires your narrow casement glass,

Touching the sullen pool below : On the chalk-hill the bearded grass

Is dry and dewless. Let us go.


O Love, Love, Love! O withering might!
O sun, that from thy noonday height
Shudderest when I strain my sight,
Throbbing thro' all thy heat and light,

Lo, falling from my constant mind,
Lo, parch'd and wither'd, deaf and blind,
I whirl like leaves in roaring wind.

Last night I wasted hateful hours
Below the city's eastern towers :
I thirsted for the brooks, the showers :
I rolld among the tender flowers :

I crush'd them on my breast, my mouth :
I look'd athwart the burning drouth
Of that long desert to the south.

Last night, when some one spoke his name, From


swift blood that went and came A thousand little shafts of flame Were shiver'd in my narrow frame.

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