Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MAID AND FLOWER, by FRANCOIS AUGUSTE RENE DE CHATEAUBRIAND

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MAID AND FLOWER, by            
First Line: The coffin sinks, whereon an opening rose
Last Line: Fair maid, sweet flower.

THE coffin sinks, whereon an opening rose
Is laid, a father's melancholy dower,
And earth that bore them both doth early close
O'er maid and flower.

Yet wish them not in this vile world delayed,
This grieving world where strife and sorrow lour,
Winds break and blight, sunshine doth scorch and fade,
Both maid and flower.

Then rest! Unworn thy years, so bright and few,
By heat and burden of life's noontide hour;
Only the glad fresh morning shone for you,
Fair maid, sweet flower.

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