Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ROCOCO, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH

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First Line: By studying my lady's eyes
Last Line: "she'll weary of you by and by."
Variant Title(s): Carpe Diem
Subject(s): Carpe Diem; Flowers

BY studying my lady's eyes
I've grown so learned day by day,
So Machiavelian in this wise,
That when I send her flowers, I say

To each small flower (no matter what,
Geranium, pink, or tuberose,
Syringa, or forget-me-not,
Or violet) before it goes:

"Be not triumphant, little flower,
When on her haughty heart you lie,
But modestly enjoy your hour:
She'll weary of you by and by."

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