A Lady Loved a Rose
By Renée de Coutans
HER heart o’erbrimming with much love unsought,
A lady loved a rose.
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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
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).
de Coutans, Renée. “A Lady Loved a Rose.” The Yellow Book, vol. 10, July 1896, pp. 167-68. Yellow Book Digital Edition, edited by Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2010-2014. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2020. https://1890s.ca/YBV10_decoutans_lady/