Rosemary

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THERE was a long path through the fern,—
       O Rosemary, dost thou not know?
A silver maple at the turn,
       A little gate below.
There was a youth, there was a maid,
She in the light, he in the shade,
When all the world was fair to see,—
       O Rosemary, O Rosemary!

There was a briar by the wall,—
       O Rosemary, hast thou forgot?
A slender, tender hand and small,
       Stained with a crimson spot.
There was a little cry of pain,
Two heads bent low, then raised again;
And all the sun seemed poured on me,—
       O Rosemary, O Rosemary!

There came a sail upon the bay,—
       O Rosemary, didst thou foreknow?
Two blue eyes wandered far away,
       Two cheeks were all aglow:—
A sail which neared and grew until
It cast a heart in shadow chill;
When someone's ship came in from sea,—
       O Rosemary, O Rosemary!

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.