Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

PARENTHESE


 

No Dryad on the oak,
       No Nymph within the valley,
No fairy little folk
       To frolic, dance and dally;

No Pan along the shore,

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       No Nereid in the water,
No savage shape of boar,
       No fair Demeter’s daughter;

No Satyr in the vine,
       No Faun anear the fountain,

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No magic in the mine,
       No myth upon the mountain;

No honey amber clear,
       No gleam of waxen laurel,
No stags beside the mere,

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       No high Olympic quarrel;

No breath of lowing herds,
       No pastoral sweet singing,
No dish of snow-white curds,
       No mellow milk-bells ringing;

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No Goddesses at all,
       No Gods, or hardly any,
No shapes that might recall,
       The classic miscellany;

Dramatis persona,

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       Theocritus, were wanting,
Save that perchance to thee,
       Would prove as surely haunting,

The sumach fringèd cliff,
       The oriole low flying,

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The open yellow skiff,
       The languid loon’s far crying,

The resinous keen breeze,
        The water’s lazy lapping,
The silver coated trees,

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       The eagle’s idle flapping.  

 


 

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