Where were you yesterday? In Gulistan, With roses and the frenzied nightingales? Rather would I believe you shining ran With peaceful floods, where the soft voice prevails Of building doves in lordly trees set high, Trees which enclose a home where love abides -- His love and hers, a passioned ecstasy; Your tone has caught its echo and derides My joyless lot, as face down pressed I lie Upon the shifting sand, and hear the reeds Voicing a thin, dissonant threnody Unto the cliff and wind-tormented weeds. As with the faint half-lights of jade toward The shore you come and show a violet hue, I wonder if the face of my adored Was ever held importraitured by you. Ah, no! if you had seen his face, still prest Within your hold the picture dear would be, Like that bright portrait which so moved the breast Of fairest Gurd with soft unrest that she, Born in ice halls, she who but raised her eyes And scornful questioned, "What is love, indeed? None ever viewed it 'neath these northern skies," -- Seeing the face soon learned love's gentle creed; But you hold nothing to be counted dear -- Only a gift of weed and broken shells; Yet I will gather one, so I can hear The soft remembrance which still in it dwells: For in the shell, though broken, ever lies The murmur of the sea whence it was torn -- So in a woman's heart there never dies The memory of love, though love be lorn.
- by Inez K Hyland42
Pull down the old hut, d'ye say, girls, That H.R.H. shan't see The common place that used to do, Years by, for your mother and me?
No!—not for a dozen Princes, Nor lords nor dukes beside, Will I pull down the poor old hut, Where your mother lived and died.
Oh, I know that it's old and crazy, I know that it's shabby and mean; But it's going to stand as it is, girls, And I won't erect a screen
To shut out the rambling shingle hut From sight of this handsome place. I should feel as is I had closed The door in your mother's face.
So if H.R.H. don't like that hut Himself and his lordly pack May hump their blueys and go their way Out on the wallaby track.
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