Collected Poems

Collected Poems
Volume One

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Collected Poems by Alfred Noyes

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Volume One

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m lagoon,
Dawns the crimson lantern of the large low moon._

We that loved in April, we that turned away
Laughing ere the wood-dove crooned across the May,
Watch the withered rose-leaves drift along the shore.
Wind among the roses, blow no more!

We the Sons of Reason, we that chose to bride
Knowledge, and rejected the Dream that we denied,
We that chose the Wisdom that triumphs for an hour,
We that let the young love perish like a flower....

We that hurt the kind heart, we that went astray,
We that in the darkness idly dreamed of day....
... Ah! The dreary rose-leaves drift along the shore.

Wind among the roses, blow no more!

Lonely starry faces, wonderful and white,
Yearning with a cry across the dim sweet night,
All our dreams are blown a-drift as flowers before a fan, All our hearts are haunted in the heart of old Japan.

Haunted, haunted, haunted--we that mocked and sinned
Hear the vanished voices wailing down the wind

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