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TO A DRAGON FLY, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: You hail from dream-land, dragon-fly?
Last Line: When you go home to-night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Duclaux, Madame Emile; Darmesteter, Mary; Robinson, A. Mary F.
Subject(s): Dragonflies


YOU hail from Dream-land, Dragon-fly?
A stranger hither? so am I.
And (sooth to say) I wonder why
We either of us came!
Are you (that shine so bright i' the air)
King Oberon's state-messenger?
Come tell me how my old friends fare,
Is Dream-land still the same?

Who won the latest tourney fight,
King Arthur, or the red-cross Knight?
Or he who bore away the bright
Renown'd Mambrino's casque?
Is Caliban king's councillor yet?
Cross Mentor jester still and pet?
Is Suckling out of love and debt?
Has Spenser done his task?

Say, have they settled over there,
Which is the loveliest Guinevere,
Or Gloriana or the fair
Young Queen of Oberon's Court?
And does Titania torment still
Mike Drayton and sweet-throated Will?
In sooth of her amours 'twas ill
To make such merry sport.

Ah, I have been too long away!
No doubt I shall return some day,
But now I'm lost in love and may
Not leave my Lady's sight.
Mine is (of course) the happier lot,
Yet -- tell them I forget them not,
My pretty gay compatriot,
When you go home to-night.





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