The Change

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The Change
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

       THE CHANGE
Love used to carry a bow, you know,
  But now he carries a taper;
It is either a length of wax aglow,
  Or a twist of lighted paper.

I pondered a little about the scamp,
  And then I decided to follow
His wandering journey to field and camp,
  Up hill, down dale or hollow.

I dogged the rollicking, gay, young blade
  In every species of weather;
Till, leading me straight to the home of a maid
  He left us there together.

And then I saw it, oh, sweet surprise,
  The taper it set a-burning
The love-light brimming my lady's eyes,
  And my heart with the fire of yearning.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.