Letitia Elizabeth Landon


The Wreath

by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Nay, fling not down those faded flowers,
Too late they're scattered round;
And violet and rose-leaf lie
Together on the ground.

How carefully this very morn
Those buds were culled and wreathed,
And, 'mid the cloud of that dark hair,
How sweet a sigh they breathed!

And many a gentle word was said
Above their morning dye,
How that the rose had touched thy cheek,
The violet thine eye.

Methinks, if but for memory,
I should have kept these flowers;
Ah! all too lightly does thy heart
Dwell upon vanished hours.

Already has thine eager hand
Stripped yonder rose-hung bough;
The wreath that bound thy raven curls
Thy feet are on it now.

That glancing smile, it seems to say
Thou art too fanciful;
What matters it what roses fade,
While there are more to cull!

Ay, I was wrong to ask of thee
Such gloomy thoughts as mine:
Thou in thy Spring, how shouldst thou dream
Of Autumn's pale decline?

Young, lovely, loved, -- O! far from thee
Life's after-dearth and doom;
Long ere thou learn how memory clings
To even faded bloom!


The Poetical Works Of Miss Landon
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