Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By John Vance Cheney (1848–1922)

SWEET flower in perfect bloom,

Thy leaves shall withered be;

Lone winds above thy tomb

Shall nightly sigh with me—

Sigh with me.

Blithe brook of merry song,

Thy goal’s the moaning sea;

Thy laughter spent, ere long

Thou’lt mourn, ay, moan with me—

Moan with me.

All days, with love’s short day,

Steal on to darkness deep:

Beauty shall pass away,

Nor mirth her measures keep—

Weep, oh, weep!