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The wild briar

Language: English

The wild-briar dabbles his finger-tips 
In the wine till they are red ; 
Then over the hedge he climbs and slips, 
And kisses the wild rose on the lips 
Till blushing she bows her head. 

The wild-briar clambers from spray to spray, 
For an ardent wooer he ; 
But once he has won, he hastes away, 
Nor tears nor prayers avail to stay 
His fickle fancy free. 

The wild-briar riots the thicket through, 
Like a wanton, lusty faun ; 
He strings for the cedar berries blue. 
He vows to the alder homage true, 
He sighs to woo the dawn ! 

For the fire of love and the fire of youth 
Fill his veins with zest divine ; 
Till winter has seized him without ruth, 
And thickets are bare ; oh, then, in sooth, 
He longs for spring's glad wine ! 

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-06-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:15

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Word count: 140

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