From “Torrismond” - In A Garden By Moonlight

Veronica. COME then, a song; a winding gentle song,
To lead me into sleep. Let it be low
As zephyr, telling secrets to his rose,
For I would hear the murmuring of my thoughts;
And more of voice than of that other music
That grows around the strings of quivering lutes;
But most of thought; for with my mind I listen,
And when the leaves of sound are shed upon it,
If there ’s no seed remembrance grows not there.
So life, so death; a song, and then a dream!
Begin before another dewdrop fall
From the soft hold of these disturbed flowers,
For sleep is filling up my senses fast,
And from these words I sink.
 
  SONG

How many times do I love thee, dear?
 Tell me how many thoughts there be
  In the atmosphere
  Of a new-fall’n year,
Whose white and sable hours appear
 The latest flake of Eternity:
So many times do I love thee, dear.
 
How many times do I love again?
 Tell me how many beads there are
  In a silver chain
  Of evening rain,
Unravell’d from the tumbling main,
 And threading the eye of a yellow star:
So many times do I love again.
 
 Elvira. She sees no longer: leave her then alone,
Encompass’d by this round and moony night.
A rose-leaf for thy lips, and then goodnight:
 So life, so death; a song, and then a dream!

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