Laurence Hope

(1865-1904 / India)


Love Lightly

There were Roses in the hedges, and Sunshine in the sky,
Red Lilies in the sedges, where the water rippled by,
A thousand Bulbuls singing, oh, how jubilant they were,
And a thousand flowers flinging their sweetness on the air.

But you, who sat beside me, had a shadow in your eyes,
Their sadness seemed to chide me, when I gave you scant replies;
You asked 'Did I remember?' and 'When had I ceased to care?'
In vain you fanned the ember, for the love flame was not there.

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