Lundy's Lane and Other Poems

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

THREE SONGS


 

I

WHERE love is life
  The roses blow,
Though winds be rude
And cold the snow,
The roses climb

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Serenely slow,
They nod in rhyme
We know—we know
Where love is life
The roses blow.
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WHERE life is love
  The roses blow,
Though care be quick
And sorrows grow,
Their roots are twined
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With rose-roots so
That rosebuds find
A way to show
Where life is love
The roses blow.
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II

NOTHING came here but sunlight,
  Nothing fell here but rain,
Nothing blew but the mellow wind,
  Here are the flowers again!

NO one came here but you, dear,

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  You with your magic train
Of brightness and laughter and lightness,
  Here is my joy again!

 

III

I HAVE songs of dancing pleasure,
  I have songs of happy heart,

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Songs are mine that pulse in measure
  To the throbbing of the mart.

SONGS are mine of magic seeming,
  In a land of love forlorn,
Where the joys are had for dreaming,

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  At a summons from the horn.
BUT my sad songs come unbidden,
  Rising with wilder zest,
From the bitter pool that's hidden,
  Deep—deep—deep within my breast.
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