The twilight hour a month ago Was full of pleasant warmth and ease, The pearl of all the twenty-four. Erelong the winter gales shall blow, Erelong the winter frosts shall freeze - And oh, that it were June once more!
Not the proudest damsel here Looks so well as doth my dear. All the borrowed light of dress Outshining not her loveliness,
A loveliness not born of art, But growing outwards from her heart, Illuminating all her face, And filling all her form with grace.
Said I, of dress the borrowed light Could rival not her beauty bright? Yet, looking round, `tis truth to tell, No damsel here is dressed so well.
Only in them the dress one sees, Because more greatly it doth please Than any other charm that's theirs, Than all their manners, all their airs.
But dress in her, although indeed It perfect be, we do not heed, Because the face, the form, the air Are all so gentle and so rare.
Another day let slip! Its hours have run, Its golden hours, with prodigal excess, All run to waste. A day of life the less; Of many wasted days, alas, but one!
Through my west window streams the setting sun. I kneel within my chamber, and confess My sin and sorrow, filled with vain distress, In place of honest joy for work well done.