Orion, and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

RONDEAU TO A.W. STRATON.

 (Written in his autograph album.)


 
TO fledge the hours with mirth and ease
And wing their feet with pleasantries,
    Till heedlessly they hasten by
    As cloudlets down the summer sky,                                              
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Or bats mid twilight shadowed trees,

Or petals on the noontide breeze,
Full oft our laboring minds should please.
    So now to you I come to try
       To fledge the hours.

    And oft when they shall seem to lie                                            
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    Wingless and footless, we may buy
Wings for them from such names as these,
And happy-colored feathers seize
From their upspringing memories
       To fledge the hours.                                                                
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