Lovers, and A Reflection.

Charles Stuart Calverley.

In moss-prankt dells which the sunbeams flatter
 (And heaven it knoweth what that may mean;
Meaning, however, is no great matter)
 Where woods are a-tremble, with rifts atween;

Through God’s own heather we wonned together,
 I and my Willie (O love my love):
I need hardly remark it was glorious weather,
 And flitterbats wavered alow, above:

Boats were curtseying, rising, bowing
 (Boats in that climate are so polite),
And sands were a ribbon of green endowing,
 And O the sundazzle on bark and bight!

Through the rare red heather we danced together,
 (O love my Willie!) and smelt for flowers:
I must mention again it was gorgeous weather,
 Rhymes are so scarce in this world of ours:—

By rises that flushed with their purple favours,
 Through becks that brattled o’er grasses sheen,
We walked and waded, we two young shavers,
 Thanking our stars we were both so green.

We journeyed in parallels, I and Willie,
 In fortunate parallels! Butterflies,
Hid in weltering shadows of daffodilly
 Or marjoram, kept making peacock eyes:

Songbirds darted about, some inky
 As coal, some snowy (I ween) as curds;
Or rosy as pinks, or as roses pinky
 They reck of no eerie To-come, those birds!

But they skim over bents which the millstream washes,
 Or hang in the lift ‘neath a white cloud’s hem;
They need no parasols, no goloshes;
 And good Mrs. Trimmer she feedeth them.

Then we thrid God’s cowslips (as erst His heather)
 That endowed the wan grass with their golden blooms
And snapped (it was perfectly charming weather)—
 Our fingers at Fate and her goddess-glooms:

And Willie ‘gan sing (O, his notes were fluty;
 Wafts fluttered them out to the white-winged sea)—
Something made up of rhymes that have done much duty
 Rhymes (better to put it) of ‘ancientry’:

Bowers of flowers encountered showers
 In William’s carol (O love my Willie!)
Then he bade sorrow borrow from blithe to-morrow
 I quite forget what say a daffodilly:

A nest in a hollow, ‘with buds to follow.’
 I think occurred next in his nimble strain;
And clay that was ‘kneaden’ of course in Eden
 A rhyme most novel, I do maintain:

Mists, bones, the singer himself, love-stories,
 And all least furlable things got ‘furled’;
Not with any design to conceal their ‘glories,’
 But simply and solely to rhyme with ‘world.’
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O if billows and pillows and hours and flowers,
 And all the brave rhymes of an elder day,
Could be furled together, this genial weather,
 And carted, or carried on ‘wafts’ away,
Nor ever again trotted out ah me!
How much fewer volumes of verse there’d be!