Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Here you will find the Poem The Change of poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Change

She leaned out into the soft June weather, 
 With her long loose tresses the night breeze played; 
Her eyes were as blue as the bells on the heather: 
 Oh, what is so fair as a fair young maid! 

She folded her hands, like the leaves of a lily, 
 'My life, ' she said, 'is a night in June, 
Fair and quiet, and calm and stilly; 
 Bring me a change, O changeful moon! 

'Who would drift on a lake forever? 
 Young hearts weary - it is not strange, 
And sigh for the beautiful bounding river; 
 New moon, true moon, bring me a change! '

The rose that rivalled her maiden blushes
 Dropped from her breast, at a strangers feet; 
Only a glance; but the hot blood rushes
 To mantle a fair face, shy and sweet.

To and fro, while the moon is waning, 
 They walk, and the stars shine on above; 
And one is in earnest, and one is feigning -
 Oh, what is so sweet as a sweet young love? 

A young life crushed, and a young heart broken, 
 A bleak wind blows through the lovely bower, 
And all that remains of the love vows spoken -
 Is the trampled leaf of a faded flower.

The night is dark, for the moon is failing -
 And what is so pale as a pale old moon? 
Cold is the wind through the tree tops wailing -
 Woe that the change should come so soon.