Life is a tale half told,
Love is a broken song;
Beauty, besought so long
Is a legend lost and old.
Winter and silence and woe
Have come, like the end of all:
Slowly the last leaves fall
At sunset over the snow.
Here, on the darkening wold,
In the bleak wind blown from space,
I recall thy fugitive grace,
And sigh for thy hair's lost gold.
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed.
The author died in 1961, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.
Works published in 1923 would have had to renew their copyright in either 1950 or 1951, i.e. at least 27 years after it was first published / registered but not later than 31 Decemberin the 28th year. As it was not renewed, it entered the public domain on 1 January 1952 .