Song in a Minor Key

Original Text: 
Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 107. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
1There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
2    And wayward vines go roaming,
3Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god
4    Is pale, in scented gloaming.
5And at sunset there comes a lady fair
6    Whose eyes are deep with yearning.
7By an old, old gate does the lady wait
8    Her own true love's returning.
9But the days go by, and the lilacs die,
10    And trembling birds seek cover;
11Yet the lady stands, with her long white hands
12    Held out to greet her lover.
13And it's there she'll stay till the shadowy day
14    A monument they grave her.
15She will always wait by the same old gate, --
16    The gate her true love gave her.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Life (Oct. 5, 1922): 7.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.