A Song of Love by Sidney Lanier


“Hey, rose, just born
Twin to a thorn;
Was’t so with you, O Love and Scorn?

“Sweet eyes that smiled,
Now wet and wild;
O Eye and Tear — mother and child.

“Well: Love and Pain
Be kinsfolk twain:
Yet would, Oh would I could love again.”

Note 1:

‘A Song of Love’, like ‘Betrayal’, belongs to the early plan of `The Jacquerie’. It was written for one of the Fool’s songs and, after several recastings, took its present shape in 1879.

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