Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MEMORY, by BERTON BRALEY

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First Line: I, too, once lived in arcady
Last Line: A little while!
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of

I, too, once lived in Arcady,
A little while, a little while,
Where all the ways are glad and free
And all the heavens smile;
I walked the paths of wonderland,
I, with my sweetheart, hand in hand;
Ah, yes, I know
'Twas long ago
We walked that flowery aisle,
But—I, too, lived in Arcady
A little while, a little while!

I have been gone from Arcady
A long, long time, a weary time,
But all its ways are fair to me
As in my golden prime
And all the lovers strolling by
Relight the glimmer in my eye
For I know well
Love's tender spell
And all its magic guile—
I, too, have been in Arcady
A little while, a little while.

I lost my love in Arcady;
Oh, I was blind, so young and blind,
But since I know how sweet can be
The bliss that lovers find,
My heart leaps at each glowing word
That ever I have overheard;
(My eye, I fear,
May hold a tear
That mingles with my smile).
But that is natural, you see,
For one who lived in Arcady
A little while,
A little while!

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