Love Songs of France

Love Songs of France

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Sad it was, and calm as the twilit sky above, The church to which we came; The unwatch'd altar, like a heart bereft of love, Had lost its tapers' flame. Your brow in clasping hands is bended lowly down, Like the rain-smitten grass, While, in the far distance, from the gay, noisy town Numberless voices pass. And the passing voices sing blithely and cheerily, " Now is the time for joy, For us the gold cups brim with red wine merrily, Tho' others' lips they cloy. "Let us love and be happy, for springtime is dying, The urn 1s quickly fill'd. Snatch at the sunny hours and seize them while they're flying, Ere merry lips bse still'd. 7 "Let us take from each object the best of its dower, Take soft warmth from the fire, Wine from the ripen'd grape, and perfume from the flower, From soft eyes fond desire; "Taste them--taste them throughly, while still they can entrance, While still they can beguile Springtime's parting zephyr, and daylight's parting glance, And beauty's parting smile; " Go to the end of all, still heaping as we live. Excesses on excesses, Tho' death be in the touch this touch has power to give The sweetest of caresses. "In the rosy beaker, methinks I love the best The last drop ever quaff'd, There, many a time and oft, lies hidden and comprest The essence of the draught. " Why then should we hasten to skim each pleasure o'er? Should we not rather leap To snatch where some rich pearl, unknown, unseen before, Lies buried in the deep. " With hands o'er-teeming now, fools are we but to gaze At what we scarce can clutch, ust as some breathless child at running, chasing plays, And joys in running much. "Enjoy at leisure, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992903
  • 9781236992901