Poems: Old and New

by Frederick George Scott




LOVE was wanting songs to sing
   On a golden day,
When the earth was bright with Spring
    And the flowers of May.

So he lay beside the brink

   Of a quiet stream,
Where the cattle go to drink
   And the clouds to dream.

Sunbeams lit the woods around,
   Breezes fanned his cheek,

And the blossoms on the ground
   Almost seemed to speak.

In the branches overhead
   Robin sang his love,
And the tender things he said

   Filled the skies above. [Page 116]

Flitting through the scented air
    Where the stream was bright,
Little flies went here and there,
   Crazy with delight.



But though all were bright and glad,
   Silent was Love’s lute,
For such happiness he had
   That his lips were mute.

So he lay there in the grass

   By the quiet stream,
And he watched the cattle pass
   And the shadows dream,

Till when evening, dumb and grey,
    Closed the buds that had uncurled,

Full of song he stole away
   Down the music of the world. [Page 117]