Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/The Tomb Said to the Rose
THE TOMB SAID TO THE ROSE
AFTER THE FRENCH OF VICTOR HUGO
THE tomb said to the rose:
—"With the tears thy leaves enclose,
What makest thou, love's flower?"
The rose said to the tomb:
—"Tell me of all those whom
Death gives into thy power!"
The rose said:—"Tomb, 't is strange,
But these tears of love I change
Into perfumes amber sweet."
The tomb said:—"Plaintive flower,
Of these souls, I make each hour
Angels, for heaven meet!"