Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GOD BLESS YOU, DEAR, TODAY, by JOHN BENNETT (1865-1956)



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First Line: If there be graveyard in the heart
Last Line: God bless you, dear, to-day!
Subject(s): Love


IF there be graveyards in the heart
From which no roses spring,
A place of wrecks and old gray tombs
From which no roses spring,
A place of wrecks and old gray tombs
From which no birds take wing,
Where linger buried hopes and dreams
Like ghosts among the graves,
Why, buried hopes are dismal things,
And lonely ghosts are knaves!

If there come dreary winter days,
When summer roses fall
And lie, forgot, in withered drifts
Along the garden wall;
If all the wreaths a lover weaves
Turn thorns upon the brow, --
Then out upon the silly fool
Who makes not merry now!

For if we cannot keep the past,
Why care for what's to come?
The instant's prick is all that stings,
And then the place is numb.
If Life's a lie and Love's a cheat,
As I have heard men say,
Then here's a health to fond deceit --
God bless you, dear, to-day!





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