Alexander Bathgate

(4 August 1845 – 9 September 1930 / Peebles, Scotland)

Alexander Bathgate Poems

1. The Clematis 1/4/2003
Best Poem of Alexander Bathgate

The Clematis

Fair crown of stars of purest ray,
   Hung aloft on Mapau tree,
What floral beauties ye display,
   Stars of snowy purity;
Around the dark-leaved mapau's head
Unsullied garlands ye have spread.

Concealed were all thy beauties rare
   'Neath the dark umbrageous shade,
But still to gain the loftiest spray,
   Thy weak stem its efforts made;
Now, every obstacle o'ercome,
Thou smilest from thy leafy home.

That home secure, 'mid sombre leaves
   Yielded by thy ...

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