by Arlo Bates (1850 - 1918)

The lupine
Language: English 
Ah, lupine, with silvery leaves 
And blossoms blue as the skies, 
I know a maid like thee, 
And blue, too, are her eyes. 
Gray as a nun's her dress ; 
How lowly, 
And holy 
Her mien, cannot mere words express. 

Fair lupine, the dew-drop shines 
A gem night gives to thee ; 
So pure her radiant soul 
Within her breast must be. 
Like thee, she dwells alone ; 
All sweetness, 
And meetness, 
As in thyself in her are known. 

Ah, lupine, I pluck thy bloom, 
But how her grace may I win? 
So pure, so fair, is she 
My suit may not begin 
Unless I send thy flower 
To prove her, 
And move her, 
Me with her priceless love to dower ! 


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