Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

DANGER


 

Well! Let him sleep! Time enough to awake
       When sunset ushers a kind release,
When cooling shadows the raft overtake.

For Madelon’s heart will never break
       For Alphonse, but for Verrier, fils,

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So—let him sleep. Time enough to awake

When Verrier, dressed for Madelon’s sake
       In his best, is up the river a piece,
When cooling shadows the raft overtake.

A Carman—she – whose eyelashes make

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       Havoc with all—old Boucher’s niece—
So! Let him sleep, time enough to awake,

For a desperate thing is a bad heart-ache,
       And one that may not entirely cease
When cooling shadows the raft overtake.

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If they met, who knows—a spring, a shake,
       A jack-knife, deadly as Malay creece—
Hush! Let him sleep! Time enough to awake
When cooling shadows the raft overtake.
 

 


 

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