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Poem by Bryan Waller Procter


The Poet's Song To His Wife


HOW many summers, love,
Have I been thine?
How many days, thou dove,
Hast thou been mine?
Time, like the winged wind
When t bends the flowers,
Hath left no mark behind,
To count the hours.

Some weight of thought, though loth,
On thee he leaves;
Some lines of care round both
Perhaps he weaves;
Some fears,a soft regret
For joys scarce known;
Sweet looks we half forget;
All else is flown!

Ah!With what thankless heart
I mourn and sing!
Look, where our children start,
Like sudden Spring!
With tongues all sweet and low,
Like a pleasant rhyme,
They tell how much I owe
To thee and Time! 



Bryan Waller Procter


Bryan Waller Procter's other poems:
  1. Is My Lover On The Sea
  2. A Petition To Time
  3. The Watch
  4. Golden-Tressed Adelaide
  5. The Hunters Song


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