Before Summer

by Anna Blanch on April 21, 2011

This is a Caris Brooke poem. Caris Brooke was the psudeonym used by Saretta Green, E.Nesbit’s half sister. It was originally published in a collection titled EasterTide published in 1888 by E.P.Dutton.

BEFORE SUMMER.
A GOLDEN halo floats above the hills,
And Spring hath touched the crisp brown woods below,
The cuckoo loudly calls, and birds build nests.
When orchards gleam beneath their tinted snow.


Love thrills the earth, but calls to her
Too late, too late.
Child of what other Summer dost thou dream,
What summons wait ?


Paler than drifted bloom upon the grass.
Sad-eyed and meek as any mateless dove,
Spring cannot woo thee with her sweetest songs,
Nor Summer teach my only love to love;


Sweet syren voices call me loud and clear,
Too late, too late !
Child if thou beckon from the other shore.
My heart will wait.

                     —-Caris Brooke. 

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland where she’s presently writing her PhD thesis on E.Nesbit. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions.

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