Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HER ANSWER, by JOHN BENNETT (1865-1956)



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First Line: Today, dear heart, but just today
Last Line: And dreams 't is all to-day.
Subject(s): Love


To-DAY, dear heart, but just to-day,
The sunshine over all,
The roses crimsoning the air
Along the garden wall!
Then let the dream and dreamer die;
Whate'er shall be, shall be --
To-day will still be thine and mine
To all eternity.

And oh, there is no glory, dear,
When all the world is done,
There is no splendor lasteth out
The sinking of the sun;
There is no thing that lasts, not one,
When we have turned to clay,
But this: you loved me -- all the rest
Fades with the world away.

So little while, so little while
This world doth last for us,
There is no way to keep it, dear,
But just to spend it thus.
There is no hand may stop the sand
From flowing fast a way
But his who turns the whole glass down
And dreams 't is all to-day.





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