THE TOMB SAID TO THE ROSEAFTER THE FRENCH OF VICTOR HUGO
THE tomb said to the rose:"The Tomb Said to the Rose" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Unconquered Air (1912) and Poems (1916) Volume II.
—"With the tears thy leaves enclose,
What makest thou, love's flower?"
The rose said to the tomb:
—"Tell me of all those whom
Death gives into thy power!"
The rose said:—"Tomb, 't is strange,
But these tears of love I change
Into perfumes amber sweet."
The tomb said:—"Plaintive flower,
Of these souls, I make each hour
Angels, for heaven meet!"
EXALTATIONAFTER THE FRENCH OF VICTOR HUGO
ALONE by the waves, on a starlight night,"Exaltation" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Harper's Weekly (24 September 1910), The Unconquered Air (1912) and Poems (1916) Volume II.
No mist on the sea, not a cloud in sight,
My eyes pierced further than earth's desires;
And nature—all nature, the hills, and the woods,
Seemed to question, with murmur of myriad moods,
The waves of the sea and the heavenly fires.
And the infinite legion of golden stars
Replied in a chant of harmonious bars,
Their scintillant crowns seeming earthward to nod;
And the waves, which no puissance can rule or arrest,
Made answer, while curbing the foam of each crest:
—It is God! it is God! it is God!