The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

RETICENCE.



THE violet’s life is in the sheltering glade.
    The rosebud, forced to meet admiring eyes,
In many-leaved withdrawal is arrayed;
    ’Tis reticence in which her beauty lies.

Thou art a rose, my child. Enchantingly

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    She veils herself, e’en from the eye of morn,
For, stripped of all her soft defences, she
    Is but a mark for pity and for scorn. [Page 50]