by Anna Blanch on March 6, 2011

Rondeau was first published in  Nesbit’s 1888 collection, titled Easter-tide, published by E.P. Dutton.

LONG ago when youth was gay,
We two dreamed our hfe shoidd grow
Like two flowers in one sweet May—
And we told each other so.
You are gone. Time’s fingers gray
Behind my eyes with showered snow,
Youth and hope seem far away —
Long ago.

Yet the Summer winds, I know.
Will blow soft one perfect day,
Melt the snows and roses strow;
” Ah what cold winds used to blow
When I was alone,” you’ll say,
” Long ago !”
             — E. Nesbit.

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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