Brunette

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When trees in Spring
Are blossoming
   My lady wakes
From dreams whose light
Made dark days bright,
   For their sweet sakes.

Yet in her eyes
A shadow lies
   Of bygone mirth;
And still she seems
To walk in dreams,
   And not on earth.

Some men may hold
That hair of gold
   Is lovelier
Than darker sheen:
They have not seen
   My lady's hair.

Her eyes are bright,
Her bosom white
   As the sea foam
On sharp rocks sprayed;
Her mouth is made
   Of honeycomb.

And whoso seeks
In her dusk cheeks
   May see Love's sign —
A blush that glows
Like a red rose
   Beneath brown wine.

This work is in the public domain in Australia because it was created in Australia and the term of copyright has expired.

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This work is also in the public domain in the United States because it was in the public domain in Australia in 1996, and no copyright was registered in the U.S. (This is the combined effect of Australia having joining the Berne Convention in 1928, and of 17 USC 104A with its critical date of January 1, 1996.)

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