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Poem by Rose Terry Cooke

New Moon

Once, when the new moon glittered
So slender in the West,
I looked across my shoulder,
And a wild wish stirred my breast.
Over my white, right shoulder
I looked at the silver horn,
And wished a wish at even
To come to pass in the morn.
Whenever the new moon glittered,
So slender and so fine,
I looked across my shoulder,
And wished that wish of mine!
Now, when the West is rosy,
And the snow-wreaths blush below,
And I see the light white crescent
Float downward, soft and slow;
I never look over my shoulder,
As I used to look before;
For my heart is older and colder,
And now I wish no more! 

Rose Terry Cooke

Rose Terry Cooke's other poems:
  1. Trailing Arbutus
  2. Fastrada's Ring
  3. Basile Renaud
  4. Daisies
  5. Bird Music

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