She prest her slight hand to her brow, or pain
Or bitter thoughts were passing there. The room
Had no light but that from the fireside,
Which showed, then hid her face. How very pale
It looked, when over it the glimmer shone!
Is not the rose companion of the spring?
Then wherefore has the red-leaved flower forgotten
Her cheek? The tears stood in her large dark eyes–
Her beautiful dark eyes–like hyacinth stars,
When shines their shadowy glory through the dew
That summer nights have wept:–she felt them not,
Her heart was far away! Her fragile form,
Like the young willow when for the first time
The wind sweeps o’er it rudely, had not lost
Its own peculiar grace; but it was bowed
By sickness, or by worse than sickness–sorrow!
And this is Love! Oh! why should woman love;
Wasting her dearest feelings, till health, hope,
Happiness, are but things of which henceforth
She’ll only know the name? Her heart is seared:
A sweet light has been thrown upon its life,
To make its darkness the more terrible.
And this is Love!
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
14th of August, 1802 – 15th October, 1838