Eos: An Epic of the Dawn, and Other Poems

By Nicholas Flood Davin


 

AUGUSTA.


 

We met, how blight my laughter rang,
    And yours fared forth in sparkling billows,
And through the pearls and corals sang,
    And flashed beneath your eyelids’ willows.

I went into the night, each star
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    Was bright as when it glowed on Adam;
I struck a match—lit my cigar,
    And said; “So, so, I’ll flirt with Madam”

And flirt we did, nor did I fear
    The witchery of those glancing eyes,
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Would darken all I then held dear,
    Make light all things I ought to prize;

My pulse was high, my heart was gay,
    My purpose strong ’gainst all fate hurled;
But now, old hopes no longer stay,
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    And you could lure me round the world. [Page 97]