Moonlight

Sara Teasdale

 
It will not hurt me when I am old,
     A running tide where moonlight burned
          Will not sting me like silver snakes;
The years will make me sad and cold,
          It is the happy heart that breaks.
The heart asks more than life can give,
     When that is learned, then all is learned;
          The waves break fold on jewelled fold,
But beauty itself is fugitive,
          It will not hurt me when I am old.
 

Poems by This Author

After Love by Sara Teasdale
There is no magic any more
Barter by Sara Teasdale
Life has loveliness to sell
Faults by Sara Teasdale
They came to tell your faults to me
Four Winds by Sara Teasdale
"Four winds blowing thro' the sky
I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
I am not yours, not lost in you
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
When April bends above me
Places [III. Winter Sun] by Sara Teasdale
There was a bush with scarlet berries
Summer Night, Riverside by Sara Teasdale
In the wild soft summer darkness
The Falling Star by Sara Teasdale
I saw a star slide down the sky
The Flight by Sara Teasdale
Look back with longing eyes and know that I will follow,
The Gift by Sara Teasdale
What can I give you, my lord, my lover
The Kiss by Sara Teasdale
Before you kissed me only winds of heaven
The Look by Sara Teasdale
Strephon kissed me in the spring
There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
What Do I Care by Sara Teasdale
What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring


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