New York Nocturnes and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


When the Clover Blooms Again


"When the clover blooms again,
And the rain-birds in the rain
   Make the sad-heart noon seem sweeter
   And the joy of June completer
I shall see his face again!"

Of her lover over sea
So she whispered happily;
   And she prayed, while men were sleeping,
   "Mary, have him in thy keeping
As he sails the stormy sea!"

White and silent lay his face
In a still, green-watered place,
   Where the long, gray weed scarce lifted,
   And the sand was lightly sifted
O’er his unremembering face.