"Consummation" by Ethna Carbery [aka Mrs. Seumus MacManus, Anna Johnston] (1866-1902)
In a sheltered, cool, green place
You and I once stood together
Where the quickens interlace.
Then it was our love declared
(Thro' a throstle's silver chiming)
All the passion that it dared.
Then you called me by my name,
And the answering eyes I lifted
Flashed a flame unto a flame.
Hushed, we watched the eve descend
The rose-flecked stair of day, to see
Our heart's probation fitly end.
Stars and mist and dew-wet flowers
Scented, shielded, and made holy,
That sweet hour of the hours.
Oh Dear Heart, life holds no gift
Half so precious, half so brittle,
As this Love-cup that we lift.
And remembering, down the years
All my songs shall echo sighing,
All my laughter trill with tears.