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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Song: ‘Has summer come without the rose’ (from Lays of France)
By Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)
HAS summer come without the rose,
  Or left the bird behind?
Is the blue changed above thee,
  O world? or am I blind?
Will you change every flower that grows,        5
  Or only change this spot—
Where she who said, I love thee,
  Now says, I love thee not?
The skies seemed true above thee;
  The rose true on the tree;        10
The bird seemed true the summer through;
  But all proved false to me:
World, is there one good thing in you—
  Life, love, or death—or what?
Since lips that sang I love thee        15
  Have said, I love thee not?
I think the sun’s kiss will scarce fall
  Into one flower’s gold cup;
I think the bird will miss me,
  And give the summer up:        20
O sweet place, desolate in tall
  Wild grass, have you forgot
How her lips loved to kiss me,
  Now that they kiss me not?
Be false or fair above me;        25
  Come back with any face,
Summer! do I care what you do?
  You cannot change one place—
The grass, the leaves, the earth, the dew,—
  The grave I make the spot,        30
Here where she used to love me,
  Here where she loves me not.

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