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First Line: A strain of music on the breeze
Last Line: "these are the tokens of romance!"
Subject(s): Love


A strain of music on the breeze,
A breath of roses in the air,
Cool shadows underneath the trees
And long remembered moments there;
A handkerchief, a lock of hair,
The crumpled program of a dance,
In these there lies enchantment rare,
These are the tokens of Romance!

A bit of verse that chanced to please,
A little jest that lovers share,
Some quaint and silly fantasies
Of youth and spirits debonair;
Moonlight on water and the snare
Of eyes that mingle in a glance,
True sweethearts one and all declare
These are the tokens of Romance!

There are no lovelier things than these
That make life lighter far to bear:
Sighs, smiles and tender coquetries,
The ring you hide away -- or wear;
The whispered word, "Sweet, do you care?"
The touch -- the sudden kiss, perchance,
These weave a spell beyond compare,
These are the tokens of Romance!

L'Envoi

Lovers who tread life's thoroughfare
Look blithely on the world's expanse
And say of all things, everywhere,
"These are the tokens of Romance!"





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