Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LYNTON VERSES: 2, by THOMAS EDWARD BROWN

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LYNTON VERSES: 2, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At malmsmead, by the river side
Last Line: And we are left so lonely.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Solitude; Songs; Loneliness

At Malmsmead, by the river side
I met a little lady,
And, as she passed, she sang a song
That was not Tate or Brady,
Or any song by art contrived
Of minstrel or of poet,
For baron's hall, or chanter's desk;
And yet I seemed to know it.
Good sooth! I think the song was mine --
The all unthinking sadness --
She read it from my longing eyes,
And gave it back in gladness.
And yet it was a challenge too,
As plain as she could make it,
So petulant, so innocent,
And yet I could not take it.
A breath, a gleam, and she is gone --
Just half a minute only --
So die the breaths, so fade the gleams,
And we are left so lonely.

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