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Poem by John Kenyon


"Mother! I've seen a little boy
With curling locks and eyes of blue;
They seemed the very eyes for joy,
Though wet with tears like morning dew.
"His shoulders half with wings were hid,
For play-things he had bow and quiver;
And while he sued, as sue he did,
His tears came gushing like a river.
"And sighed, one's very soul to wring,
Soothing the while a prisoned dove;
Yet still that wild ungrateful thing
Strove to be free, but vainly strove.
"So soft he sued, he couldn't fail;
I listened, till my heart was aching,
And He, the while he told his tale,
He sobbed as if his own were breaking."
"Oh Nea! be not thou beguiled
By all his tears and all his sueing;
Learn, silly girl! that weeping child,
That weeping child is our undoing.
"He'll win thee with his urchin sigh,
Then work thee woe, and laugh for joy;
While thou shalt stand in anguish by,
All vain to melt that laughing boy.
"Then when again the sprite you see,
You'll tell him by his prisoned dove
Runshut the doorturn quick the key
You know not what a boy is Love."

John Kenyon

John Kenyon's other poems:
  1. Blushing
  2. Experimentum Crucis
  3. Flowers from Waterloo
  4. For the Sisters Album
  5. Apparitions

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Rupert Brooke Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • Charles Calverley Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Thomas Gent Love ("Love!what is love? a mere machine, a spring")
  • Nicholas Breton Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck Love ("WHEN the tree of Love is budding first")
  • George Horton Love ("Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter Love ("Deep in the moving depths")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")
  • Henry Van Dyke Love ("Let me but love my love without disguise")
  • Jones Very Love ("I asked of Time to tell me where was Love")
  • Ella Wilcox Love ("The longer I live and the more I see")
  • Albert Pike Love ("I am the soul of the Universe")

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