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LOVE SHALL STAY

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        THE rose is dead, and the honey-bee
                 Forsakes the empty flower,
         And summer has sailed across the
                 sea,
            Away from a leafless bower.

        And the singing birds, to the siren south,
            Have followed the sunbeams’ track,
        And never a word in his frozen mouth
            Has the year to hail them back.

        And rosy Love, with his eyes of dawn,
            And his cheek of dimpling laughter—
        How shall he live where the skies are wan ?
            Ah me! Will he up, and after ?

        The swallow may go, and the sun depart,
            And the rose’s bloom decay.
        But I’ll make a summer within my heart,
            And Love, sweet Love, shall stay !

                                                      MARGARET ARMOUR.

MLA citation:

Armour, Margaret. “Love Shall Stay.” The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal, vol. 2, Autumn 1895, p. 21. Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, General Editor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/egv2_armour_love/