Classic and Contemporary Poetry
ONCE, by MARY LOUISE RITTER
First Line: The june roses covered the hedges with blushes
Last Line: A kiss tells what living and loving might be.
Subject(s): Kisses; Love
THE June roses covered the hedges with blushes,
And wooed with their perfume the murmuring bee;
And white were the cups of the odorous lilies,
When fate stole the joy of existence from me.
With hands closely clasped, and with lips pressed together,
One instant we stood, while the heart in my breast
Leapt eager and wild, as the callow birds flutter
When the wing of the mother sweeps over the nest.
One star is the type of the glory of heaven;
A shell from the beach whispers still of the sea;
To a rose all the sweetness of summer is given;
A kiss tells what living and loving might be.
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