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THE POET'S TEAR, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: A tear welled up from a poet heart
Last Line: Who knows? Who knows?
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Grief; Poetry & Poets; Sorrow; Sadness

A TEAR welled up from a poet heart
And fell on a rose;
Lay there, bitter, and made it smart, --
The red, red rose!
Oh, the grief that wept it was full and pent,
And the sobbing pain-blood came and went
As song arose!
When the tear shall dry then shall song be spent;
O tear, lie still in thy bloomy tent,
And cherish thy pain in petal and scent,
Red, tear-filled rose.
The tear-drop hides in the rose's breast
For fear of a ray, --
For fear it should rise in the sun-lit air
And perish of glory and gladness there; --
O worst! O best!
So it quivers to music from day to day,
Hidden in scent and crimson away,
For fear of a ray in a rosy nest; --
O curst! O blest!
Shall the rose smile up in the eager sky
That the sun may give?
Or, shall grief be hidden, and passion shy,
That a song may live?
When the petals yield, then the tear shall dry;
If the heart be healed, so its song shall die;
As the poet grieves, so his music grows; --
O tear! O rose!
Shall song be sweet? or shall love be dear?
O tear-filled rose! and O poet's tear!
Who knows? Who knows?

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