The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

REMEMBRANCE


 

TULIP, TRILLIUM,—bell and star—
        Vetch, and wine-tipped clovers,
Tell me all the flowers that are,
        Grow for parted lovers.

All my flowers were born in May

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        In the sunny weather;
While we laughed an hour away
        You and I together.

Now they withered are and sere
        On a cloudy morrow;

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But the after days are dear,
        Sweeter for the sorrow.

There were flowers before in May,
        Flowers there will be after,
And the sweetest flowers were they,

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        Born with happy laughter.

Laughter of the wind and sun
        Rippling in the meadow;
Pluck them up, by one and one,
        Let them fall in shadow.

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