in the green woods

In somer, when the shawes be sheyne,

And leves be large and long,

Hit is full mery in feyre foreste

To here the foulys song,

 

 

To se the dere draw to the dale,

And leve the hilles hee,

And shadow hem in the leves grene,

Under the grene wode tre.

from ” Robin Hode and the Munke ” (c. 1461, author unknown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Love in Northern Ontario

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

 

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

 

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

1893