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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

Song of Eros, in “Agathon”

By George Edward Woodberry (1855–1930)

[From The North Shore Watch, and Other Poems. 1890.]

WHEN love in the faint heart trembles,

And the eyes with tears are wet,

Oh, tell me what resembles

Thee, young Regret?

Violets with dewdrops drooping,

Lilies o’erfull of gold,

Roses in June rains stooping,

That weep for the cold,

Are like thee, young Regret.

Bloom, violets, lilies, and roses!

But what, young Desire,

Like thee, when love discloses

Thy heart of fire?

The wild swan unreturning,

The eagle alone with the sun,

The long-winged storm-gulls burning

Seaward when day is done,

Are like thee, young Desire.