George Moses Horton

Here you will find the Poem A Billet Doux of poet George Moses Horton

A Billet Doux

My brightest hopes are mix'd with tears, 
Like hues of light and gloom; 
As when mid sun-shine rain appears, 
Love rises with a thousand fears, 

To pine and still to bloom. 
When I have told my last fond tale 
In lines of song to thee, 
And for departure spread my sail, 
Say, lovely princess, wilt thou fail 
To drop a tear for me? 

O, princess, should my votive strain 
Salute thy ear no more, 
Like one deserted on the main, 
I still shall gaze, alas! but vain, 
On wedlock's flow'ry shore.