SONG OF GULBAZ
by: Laurence Hope (1865-1904)
- S it safe
to lie so lonely when the summer twilight closes
- No companion maidens, only you asleep among the roses?
- "Thirteen, fourteen years you number, and your hair
is soft and scented,
- Perilous is such a slumber in the twilight all untented.
- "Lonely loveliness means danger, lying in your rose-leaf
- What if some young passing stranger broke into your careless
- But she would not heed the warning, lay alone serene and
- Till the rosy spears of morning slew the darkness of the
- Young love, walking softly, found her, in the scented, shady
- Threw his ardent arms around her, kissed her lips beneath
- And she said, with smiles and blushes, "Would that I
had sooner known!
- Never now the morning thrushes wake and find me all alone.
- "Since you said the rose-leaf cover sweet protection
gave, but slight,
- I have found this dear young lover to protect me through
POEMS BY LAURENCE HOPE
"Song of Gulbaz" is reprinted
from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New York: Crown