A FAR-OFF ROSE
by: Josephine Preston Peabody
rose of long ago,
- An hour of sweet, an hour of red,
- To live, to breathe, and then to go
- Into the dark ere June was dead!
- Why say they: Roses shall return
- With every year as years go on?
- New springtime and strange bloom, my rose,
- And alien June; but thou art gone.
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"A Far-Off Rose" is reprinted
from An American Anthology, 17871900. Ed. Edmund
Clarence Stedman. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900.