by: Thomas Bailey Aldrich
- HO is Lydia,
pray, and who
- Is Hypatia? Softly, dear,
- Let me breathe it in your ear--
- They are you, and only you.
- And those other nameless two
- Walking in Arcadian air--
- She that was so very fair?
- She that had the twilight hair?--
- They were you, dear, only you.
- If I speak of night or day,
- Grace of fern or bloom of grape,
- Hanging cloud or fountain spray,
- Gem or star or glistening dew,
- Or of mythologic shape,
- Psyche, Pyrrha, Daphne, say--
- I mean you, dear, you, just you.
MORE POEMS BY THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH
"Palinode" is reprinted
from THE SISTERS' TRAGEDY WITH OTHER POEMS,LYRICAL AND DRAMATIC.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1891.