Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BIRTHRIGHT, by JOHN DRINKWATER

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BIRTHRIGHT, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord rameses of egypt sighed
Last Line: And little ariadne sleep.
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence

Lord Rameses of Egypt sighed
Because a summer evening passed;
And little Ariadne cried
That summer fancy fell at last
To dust; and young Verona died
When beauty's hour was overcast.
Theirs was the bitterness we know
Because the clouds of hawthorn keep
So short a state, and kisses go
To tombs unfathomably deep,
While Rameses and Romeo
And little Ariadne sleep.

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