Love’s Last Messages

Merry, merry little stream,
   Tell me, hast thou seen my dear?
I left him with an azure dream,
   Calmly sleeping on his bier—
      But he has fled!

“I passed him in his church-yard bed—
“A yew is sighing o’er his head,
“And grass-roots mingle with his hair.”
   What doth he there?
O cruel! can he lie alone?
   Or in the arms of one more dear?
Or hides he in that bower of stone,
   To cause and kiss away my fear?

“He doth not speak, he doth not moan—
“Blind, motionless he lies alone;
“But, ere the grave snake fleshed his sting,
“This one warm tear he bade me bring
   “And lay it at thy feet
   “Among the daisies sweet.”

Moonlight whisperer, summer air,
   Songster of the groves above,
Tell the maiden rose I wear,
   Whether thou hast seen my love.
“This night in heaven I saw him lie,
   “Discontented with his bliss;
   “And on my lips he left this kiss,
“For thee to taste and then to die.”

[Kelsall, 1851]