On A Young Poetess’s Grave

UNDER her gentle seeing,
 In her delicate little hand,
They placed the Book of Being,
 To read and understand.
 
The Book was mighty and olden,
 Yea, worn and eaten with age;
Though the letters look’d great and golden,
 She could not read a page.
 
The letters flutter’d before her,
 And all look’d sweetly wild:
Death saw her, and bent o’er her,
 As she pouted her lips and smil’d.
 
And weary a little with tracing
 The Book, she look’d aside,
And lightly smiling, and placing
 A Flower in its leaves, she died.
 
She died, but her sweetness fled not,
 As fly the things of power,—
For the Book wherein she read not
 Is the sweeter for the Flower.

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)
83 Views

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this William Cosmo Monkhouse poem with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"On A Young Poetess’s Grave" Poetry.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 19 Jan. 2020. <https://www.poetry.net/poem/39764/on-a-young-poetess’s-grave>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest poetry community and poems collection on the web!

Our favorite collection of

Famous Poets

»

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.