After Paul Verlaine-Ii

COLLOQUE SENTIMENTAL

Into the lonely park all frozen fast,
Awhile ago there were two forms who passed.

Lo, are their lips fallen and their eyes dead,
Hardly shall a man hear the words they said.

Into the lonely park, all frozen fast,
There came two shadows who recall the past.

'Dost thou remember our old ecstasy?'--
'Wherefore should I possess that memory?'--

'Doth thine heart beat at my sole name alway?
Still dost thou see my soul in visions?' 'Nay!'--

'They were fair days of joy unspeakable,
Whereon our lips were joined?'--'I cannot tell.'--

'Were not the heavens blue, was not hope high?'--
'Hope has fled vanquished down the darkling sky.'--

So through the barren oats they wandered,
And the night only heard the words they said.

by Ernest Christopher Dowson

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