The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

TO JANE EDGAR: FOR HER ALBUM


 

IF ALL ‘Good Wishes’ in the world
        Grew on a single tree,
I’d find the secret Paradise
        And steal them all for Thee.

When other poets came too late,

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        To mutter and complain,
And link my name with bitter words,—
        ‘He’s stolen them for Jane,

’The twigs are dead, the lovely tree
        ’Is withered to the root:’

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If they would search the orchard grass
        They’d find a silver shoot;

For not to kill the tree that bears
        ‘Good Wishes’, clear as pearls,
I’d left the seed of future fruit

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        For other golden girls.