Orion, and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

RONDEAU.—"WITHOUT ONE KISS."


 
WITHOUT one kiss she’s gone away,
And stol’n the brightness out of day;
    With scornful lips and haughty brow
    She’s left me melancholy now,
In spite of all that I could say.                                                           
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And so, to guess as best I may
What angered her, awhile I stay
    Beneath this blown acacia bough,
       Without one kiss;

Yet all my wildered brain can pay                                                   
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My questioning, is but to pray
    Persuasion may my speech endow,
    And Love may never more allow
My injured sweet to sail away
       Without one kiss.                                                                   
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