by Charles Hanson Towne (1877 - 1949)

I have known loveliness
Language: English 
I have known loveliness that broke my heart:
Pale aspens thro' an ev'ning wet with rain;
A dusty road whereon the rattling wain
Went creaking homeward from some crowded mart--
A road that wandered like a thing apart,
And made me dream of lost youth once again. 
And what of roses with their crimson stain
Against a wall that crumbled from the start?

I drink all wonder avidly, lest I
Be absent from this world within a day.
I scarcely dare to sleep, or turn away,
Fearing that Death may whisper, "Say good-bye
To this bright scene, and follow me!"
Oh, why is Life so brief? Why can we not delay?


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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-26
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Word count: 111