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ON A NANKIN PLATE.

(VILLANELLE.)

H me, but it might have been!

Was there ever so dismal a fate ?"—

Quoth the little blue mandarin.

"Such a maid as was never seen!

She passed, tho' I cried to her 'Wait,'—— Ah me, but it might have been !

"I cried, 'O my Flower, my Queen, Be mine!' 'Twas precipitate,"Quoth the little blue mandarin,—

"But then.. she was just sixteen,—
Long-eyed,- -as a lily straight,—
Ah me, but it might have been !

"As it was, from her palankeen, She laughed 'You're a week too late !'” (Quoth the little blue mandarin.)

"That is why, in a mist of spleen,
I mourn on this Nankin Plate.
Ah me, but it might have been !"...
Quoth the little blue mandarin.

1881.

FOR A COPY OF THEOCRITUS.

O

(VILLANELLE.)

SINGER of the field and fold,

THEOCRITUS! Pan's pipe was thine,—

Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

For thee the scent of new-turned mould,
The bee-hives, and the murmuring pine,
O Singer of the field and fold!

Thou sang'st the simple feasts of old,~ The beechen bowl made glad with wine.. Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

Thou bad'st the rustic loves be told,-
Thou bad'st the tuneful reeds combine,
O Singer of the field and fold!

And round thee, ever-laughing, rolled
The blithe and blue Sicilian brine . .
Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

Alas for us! Our songs are cold;
Our Northern suns too sadly shine :-
O Singer of the field and fold,
Thine was the happier Age of Gold !

1880.

"TU NE QUAESIERIS."

S

(VILLANELLE.)

EEK not, O Maid, to know (Alas! unblest the trying !) When thou and I must go.

No lore of stars can show.
What shall be, vainly prying,
Seek not, O Maid, to know.

Will Jove long years bestow ?—
Or is 't with this one dying,
That thou and I must go ;

Now, when the great winds blow, And waves the reef are plying?.. Seek not, O Maid, to know.

Rather let clear wine flow,
On no vain hope relying;
When thou and I must go

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