Here you will find the Poem Old Letters of poet Norman Rowland Gale
Last night some yellow letters fell From out a scrip I found by chance; Among them was the silent ghost, The spirit of my first romance: And in a faint blue envelope A withered rose long lost to dew Bore witness to the dashing days When love was large and wits were few. Yet standing there all worn and grey The teardrops quivered in my eyes To think of Youth's unshaken front, The forehead lifted to the skies; How rough a hill my eager feet Flung backward when upon its crest I saw the flutter of the lace The wind awoke on Helen's breast! How thornless were the roses then When fresh young eyes and lips were kind When Cupid in our porches proved How true the tale that Love is blind! But Red-and-White and Poverty Would only mate while shone the May; Then came a Bag of Golden Crowns And jingled Red-and-White away. Grown old and niggard of romance I wince not much at aught askew, And often ask my favourite cat What else had Red-and-White to do? And here's the bud that rose and sank, A crimson island on her breast-- Why should I burn it? Once again Hide, rose, and dream. God send me rest.