Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

THEOCRITUS


 

Theocritus had kept awake,
       Taken some vivifying dose,
And lost his sleep for summer’s sake.

Happy with me thus to partake
       The glories of the scene globose,

5
Theocritus had kept awake,

And dropped his voice and feared to make
       Remarks and jeu des mots jocose,
And lost his sleep for summer’s sake.

Your knightly promises you break;

10
       By turns you’re sleepy, tired, morose,
Theocritus had kept awake.

But me, there’s no one on the lake
       Has cared to come to nature close,
And lost his sleep for summer’s sake.

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I’ll have to try a gentle shake—
       How can you be so very gross?
Theocritus had kept awake
And lost his sleep for summer’s sake.

 


 

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