Ivor Gurney

(1890-1937 / England)

The Love Song - Poem by Ivor Gurney

Out of the blackthorn edges
I caught a tune
And before it could vanish, seized
It, wrote it down.

Gave to a girl, so praising
Her eyes, lips and hair
She had little knowing, it was only thorn
Had dreamed of a girl there.

Prettily she thanked me, and never
Guessed any of my deceit…
But O Earth is this the only way
Man may conquer, a girl surrender her sweet?


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  • John Pendrey (9/27/2015 3:23:00 AM)


    Help me with the last line please. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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