Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume I/Once in a Still, Sequestered Place

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Poems, Volume I by Florence Earle Coates
Once in a Still, Sequestered Place

ONCE IN A STILL, SEQUESTERED PLACE

ONCE in a still, sequestered place
 Where fell a shade, as of approaching death,
A lily drooped upon its wounded stem.
 But, ah, how sweet its breath!


The shadow deepened into night,
 Life flows no longer in the lily's veins;
But there where for a fragrant hour it bloomed,
 A perfume still remains!