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Short poem

Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931)

My Love’s an Arbutus

              1My love’s an arbutus
              2By the borders of Lene,
              3So slender and shapely
              4In her girdle of green;
              5And I measure the pleasure
              6Of her eye’s sapphire sheen
              7By the blue skies that sparkle
              8Through that soft branching screen.

              9But though ruddy the berry
            10And snowy the flower
            11That brighten together
            12The arbutus bower,
            13Perfuming and blooming
            14Through sunshine and shower,
            15Give me her bright lips
            16And her laugh’s pearly dower.

            17Alas! fruit and blossom
            18Shall scatter the lea,
            19And Time’s jealous fingers
            20Dim your young charms, machree.
            21But unranging, unchanging,
            22You’ll still cling to me,
            23Like an evergreen leaf
            24To the arbutus tree.


1] arbutus: evergreen tree.

2] Lene: Lough Lene, a large lake in Eire.

4] girdle: belt.

20] machree: my dear.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Irish Poems of Alfred Perceval Graves 2nd edn. (1908): 90-91. del G735 A155 1918 v. 2 Fisher Rare Book Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/5/19

Rhyme: abcbdefe

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