The Unconquered Air, and Other Poems (1912)/The Tomb Said to the Rose—After the French of Victor Hugo

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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:
—"Ah, 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!"