Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
V. Cautions and Complaints
Affaire d’Amour
Margaret Deland (1857–1945)
For E. W. W.

ONE pale November day
  Flying Summer paused,
          They say:
  And growing bolder,
  O’er rosy shoulder        5
Threw her lover such a glance
That Autumn’s heart began to dance.
          (O happy lover!)
A leafless peach-tree bold
  Thought for him she smiled,        10
          I ’m told;
  And, stirred by love,
  His sleeping sap did move,
Decking each naked branch with green
To show her that her look was seen!        15
          (Alas, poor lover!)
But Summer, laughing, fled,
  Nor knew he loved her!
          ’T is said
  The peach-tree sighed,        20
  And soon he gladly died:
And Autumn, weary of the chase
Came on at Winter’s sober pace
          (O careless lover!)

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