The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

ABSENCE.



DEAR gray-winged angel, with the mouth set stern
     And time-devouring eyes, the sweetest sweet
     Of kisses when two severed lovers meet
Is thine; the cruelest ache in hearts that yearn,
The fears that freeze, the hopes that leap and burn,

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     Thine—thine! And thine the drum-and-trumpet beat
     Of hearts that wait for unreturning feet,
When comes at last the hour of their return.

Of Love’s fair ministers thou art the chief.
     To jaded souls, asleep beside their vows,

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          Thou givest hopes, keen joys and vague alarms;
Beneath thy touch the brown and yellow leaf
     Turns to pink blossom, and the spring-bright boughs
          Frame lovers running to each other’s arms. [Page 170]