The Unconquered Air, and Other Poems (1912)/Cendrillon

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CENDRILLON

"Vous l'avez dit: je suis le rêve."

  I am a dream,
  A fairy gleam
 Of rose and amethyst;
A creature of the moonlight and the mist,
Woven of stars that, meeting, silent kissed.
 Think of me as a dream!


I am a note of melody that woke
Within your breast, and to your longing spoke:
  A lonely strain
  Of ecstasy and pain;
 A hope that, glimpsed, must fade;
 A form, illusion made,
That, vanishing, shall come no more again!


 Regret me not that I
 Must like to music die!
  The virgin rose,
In blossoming, hastes to its fragrant close,
And whatsoe'er this magic hour I seem,
I am enchantment, only, and a dream,—
 Love always is a dream!