The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

BITTER-SWEET.



ROSE-LEAF damsel, tell me this—
     You with your seventeen years—
How much honey is in a kiss,
     And how much salt in tears?

“Nay,” she said, “such words, I wis,

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     Are not for my maiden ears.
How should I know the sweet of a kiss
     Or the bitterness of tears?

White-haired woman, whose grief and bliss
     Overrun seventy years,

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Tell me true, does the sweet of a kiss
     Outweigh the bitter of tears?

“Yea,” she said, “but the bitterness
     Enmixed with the sweet appears:
My life’s most tender and treasured kiss

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     Is kept in the brine of tears.” [Page 122]