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Poem by Florence Earle Coates


Longing


The lilacs blossom at the door,
⁠⁠     The early rose
Whispers a promise to her buds,
⁠⁠     And they unclose.

There is a perfume everywhere,
     ⁠⁠A breath of song,
A sense of some divine return
⁠⁠     For waiting long.

Who knows but some imprisoned joy
     ⁠⁠From bondage breaks,Ч
Some exiled and enchanted hope
⁠⁠     From dreams awakes?

Who knows but you are coming back
⁠⁠     To comfort me
For all the languor and the pain,
⁠⁠     Persephone?

O come! For one brief spring return,
⁠⁠     Love's tryst to keep;
Then let me share the Stygian fruit,
⁠⁠     The wintry sleep!



Florence Earle Coates


Florence Earle Coates's other poems:
  1. Veiled
  2. Before the Hour
  3. Sappho
  4. Wouldst Thou Learn?
  5. Song (For Me the Jasmine Buds Unfold)


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Longing ("Come to me in my dreams, and then")
  • Madison Cawein Longing ("When rathe wind-flowers many peer")
  • Paul Dunbar Longing ("If you could sit with me beside the sea to-day")
  • Ina Coolbrith Longing ("O foolish wisdom sought in books!")

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