IF love were not, the wilding rose"Song" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Atlantic Monthly (November 1896), Poems (1898) and Poems (1916) Volume I.
Would in its leafy heart inclose
No chalice of perfume;
By mossy bank, in glen or grot,
No bird would build, if love were not,
No flower complacent bloom.
The sunset clouds would lose their dyes,
The light would fade from beauty's eyes,
The stars their fires consume;
And something missed from hall and cot
Would leave the world, if love were not,
A wilderness of gloom.
|Rosa virginiana, wild rose species native to the United States.|