Oklahoma and Other Poems eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 78 pages of information about Oklahoma and Other Poems.

  If the fickle friendships end
    And thy fortune be a sad one,
  Claim, O, claim, as truest friend,
    Ruby wine, the sweet and glad one! 
  If thy love hath proven cold,
    Leave her, leave her, for the new one;
  Wine is never false for gold;
    Friend to friend, a tried and true one!

  Let the cynics curse and rave;
    This must be a life of pleasure;
  Fill a bumper!  He’s the knave
    Who would scorn joy’s fullest measure;
  Quaff the glass, the wine is red;
    Hour by hour the days are going;
  Wine is yet the fountain head
    From which pleasure’s tide is flowing


  Good night, my little love, good-night! 
          May angels keep
  With fondest watch thy slumbers, till the light
          Shall break thy sleep,
  And morning with its wonders bright
  Shall banish all thy cares with might.

  Within this quickened life of mine,
          I bear away
  The loving looks and tender words of thine,
          Which from this day
  Within my soul shall ever shine
  And make me better, more divine.

  With love and trust and truth, my heart
          Beats all for thee;
  And though our lives may wander far apart,
          Till death’s decree
  Shall pierce my hopes with deadly dart,
  Thou still my star of guidance art.

  Good-night, dear one!  As gladdest songs,
          The sweetest dreams
  Fill all my happy soul in joyous throngs,
          And tender themes
  Bring bliss for which my nature longs,
  And slay the curse of ancient wrongs.

  Good-night, my little love!  In care
          Of Heaven rest,
  And may thy life no deeper sorrow share
          Than love’s behest,
  Beneath the smiles of raptures rare! 
  Good-night!  God keep thee everywhere!


There is no soul of anguish or repining,
That doubts and trembles in the shades of gloom,
But love can lead where softest suns are shining
And fill his days with beauty and its bloom. 
Live life with love!

There is no bosom dark with lonely caring,
That sadly sorrows in the nights of woe,
But love can soothe his torture and despairing,
And scatter gladness where his feet may go. 
Live life with love!

There is no scene of misery or sorrow
That droops and withers in the dark of night,
But love can bring fond yearnings for the morrow
And heap the heart with hope’s unfading light. 
Live life with love!

There is in all the world no sinful creature
That gropes and falters on his troubled way,
But love can overcome his erring nature,
And change his darkness to eternal day. 
Live life with love!

Sweet love, with bounties that her hands are giving,
Can blossom roses on the desert heath,
Can brighten all the longings of the living
And with found kisses warm the lips of death. 
Live life with love!

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