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An Invitation

By Gosse, Edmund William, Sir

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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: An Invitation  
Author: Gosse, Edmund William, Sir
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: COME to the river-bank with me; // For there are plumed ferns of crescent green, // And in the wine-dark pools are seen // The crimson-spotted trout. // Hush! hush! move through the brake most silently, // Vex with no loud unhallow'd shout // The holy secrecy of this sweet glade, // And you shall see // The dipper rush with sudden flash, and fade // Into the woodland screen; // Nor shall you by your presence make afraid // The kingfisher, who looks down dreamily // At his own shadow gorgeously array'd. // Sir Edmund William Gosse // Perfume // WHAT gift for passionate lovers shall we find? // Not flowers nor books of verse suffice for me, // But splinters of the odorous cedar-tree, // And tufts of pine-buds, oozy in the wind; // Give me young shoots of aromatic rind, // Or samphire, redolent of sand and sea, // For all such fragrances I deem to be // Fit with my sharp desires to be combined. // My heart is like a poet, whose one room, // Scented with Latakia faint and fine, (aromatic Turkish tobacco) // Dried rose leaves, and spilt attar, and old wine, // From curtained windows gathers its warm gloom // Round all but one sweet picture, where incline // His thoughts and fancies mingled with perfume. // Sir Edmund William Gosse // May-Day // The Past is like a funeral gone by, // The Future comes like an unwelcome guest, // And some men gaze behind them to find rest // And some urge forward with a stifled sigh; // But soft perennial flowers break forth and die...


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