Theodosia Garrison

(1874-1944 / United States)

The Tears Of Harlequin

To you he gave his laughter and his jest,
His words that of all words were merriest,
   His glad, mad moments when the lights flared high
And his wild song outshrilled the plaudits' din.
   For you that memory, but happier I --
I, who have known the tears of Harlequin.

Not mine those moments when the roses lay
Like red spilled wine on his triumphant way,

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