by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)

The rose
Language: English 
Beneath my chamber window
Pierrot was singing, singing;
      I heard his lute the whole night thru
        Until the east was red.
Alas, alas, Pierrot,
I had no rose for flinging
      Save one that drank my tears for dew
        Before its leaves were dead.

I found it in the darkness,
I kissed it once and threw it,
      The petals scattered over him,
        His song was turned to joy;
And he will never know --
Alas, the one who knew it! --
      The rose was plucked when dusk was dim
        Beside a laughing boy.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-04
Line count: 16
Word count: 90