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The cherry blossom wand

Language: English

I will pluck from my tree a cherry-blossom wand,
And carry it in my merciless hand,
So I will drive you, so bewitch your eyes,
With a beautiful thing that can never grow wise.

Light are the petals that fall from the bough,
And lighter the love that I offer you now;
In a spring day shall the tale be told
Of the beautiful things that will never grow old.

[The blossoms shall fall in the night wind,
And I will leave you so, to be kind:]1
Eternal in beauty, are short-lived flowers,
Eternal in beauty, these exquisite hours.

I will pluck from my tree a cherry-blossom wand,
And carry it in my merciless hand,
So I will drive you, so bewitch your eyes,
With a beautiful thing that [shall]2 never grow wise.


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1 omitted by Coulthard.
2 Clarke: "can"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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Text added to the website: 2009-12-01.
Last modified: 2016-10-28 15:54:36
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