In Divers Tones

by Charles G.D. Roberts

Edited by Tracy Ware


 

TO S___ M___.

The disciple of Master Herrick returneth thanks for the gift of a band of pansies for his hat.


 

I

 

                            Never poet
              From Musæus down,
Crowned with rose, or myrtle-wreath, or laurel,
              Had of daintier hand
                            Dearer trophy!
5
                            Therefore (know it,
Castaly! and, Daphne’s lover, quarrel!)
                            I for crown
Flout the bay and wear thy pansy-band,
                            Mistress Sophie.
10

 

II

 

                         As these petals
                            Die not,
              So the thought that settles
              Softly in the purple petals
                            Fly not!
15
Half a memory, which a world of men
                            Can buy not,—
Half a prayer, that till we meet again
                            Thou sigh not!