A Lady Loved a Rose

A Lady Loved a Rose


Renée de Coutans

HER heart o'erbrimming with much love unsought,
A lady loved a rose.
    . . . . . . . . . .
Through sun-flecked paths she wandered dreamily,
By greeny lawns, and trees, and singing birds
(Her heart o'erbrimming with much love unsought).

And passed she by a rose-bush, bearing graciously
A flowered burden, lovely, sweet
(Her own heart burdened with its love unsought).

She plucked an offering, fair bud,
And pressed it fondly to her lips
    (Her heart distraught),
When lo ! the tender penetrating scent
Deep nestled to her heart


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And stirred that Love a longing there,
Which leapt to the soft purple leaves,
And fainted in a kiss,
A kiss of joy full satisfied at last
(Her heart was brimming with such love unsought).

MLA citation: de Coutans, Renée. "A Lady Loved a Rose." The Yellow Book 10 (July 1896): 167-68. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2013. Web. [Date of access]. http://1890s.ca/HTML.aspx?s=YBV10_decoutans_lady.html