Eugene Field

Here you will find the Poem Soldier, Maiden, and Flower of poet Eugene Field

Soldier, Maiden, and Flower

"Sweetheart, take this," a soldier said,
 "And bid me brave good-by;
It may befall we ne'er shall wed,
 But love can never die.
Be steadfast in thy troth to me,
 And then, whate'er my lot,
'My soul to God, my heart to thee,'--
 Sweetheart, forget me not!"

The maiden took the tiny flower
 And nursed it with her tears:
Lo! he who left her in that hour
 Came not in after years.
Unto a hero's death he rode
 'Mid shower of fire and shot;
But in the maiden's heart abode
 The flower, forget-me-not.

And when he came not with the rest
 From out the years of blood,
Closely unto her widowed breast
 She pressed a faded bud;
Oh, there is love and there is pain,
 And there is peace, God wot,--
And these dear three do live again
 In sweet forget-me-not.

'T is to an unmarked grave to-day
 That I should love to go,--
Whether he wore the blue or gray,
 What need that we should know?
"He loved a woman," let us say,
 And on that sacred spot,
To woman's love, that lives for aye,
 We'll strew forget-me-not.