Poems Comments

The Lily Confidante

Lily! lady of the garden!
Let me press my lip to thine!
Love must tell its story, Lily!
Listen thou to mine.

Two I choose to know the secret --
Thee, and yonder wordless flute;
Dragons watch me, tender Lily,
And thou must be mute.

There's a maiden, and her name is . . .
Hist! was that a rose-leaf fell?
See, the rose is listening, Lily,
And the rose may tell.

Lily-browed and lily-hearted,
She is very dear to me;
Lovely? yes, if being lovely
Is -- resembling thee.

Six to half a score of summers
Make the sweetest of the "teens" --
Not too young to guess, dear Lily,
What a lover means.

Laughing girl, and thoughtful woman,
I am puzzled how to woo --
Shall I praise, or pique her, Lily?
Tell me what to do.

"Silly lover, if thy Lily
Like her sister lilies be,
Thou must woo, if thou wouldst wear her,
With a simple plea.

"Love's the lover's only magic,
Truth the very subtlest art;
Love that feigns, and lips that flatter,
Win no modest heart.

"Like the dewdrop in my bosom,
Be thy guileless language, youth;
Falsehood buyeth falsehood only,
Truth must purchase truth.

"As thou talkest at the fireside,
With the little children by --
As thou prayest in the darkness,
When thy God is nigh --

"With a speech as chaste and gentle,
And such meanings as become
Ear of child, or ear of angel,
Speak, or be thou dumb.

"Woo her thus, and she shall give thee
Of her heart the sinless whole,
All the girl within her bosom,
And her woman's soul."

Poem topics: , , , , , , , , ,

Rate this poem:

Add The Lily Confidante poem to your favorites

Add Poet Henry Timrod to your favorites

Similar Poems
There is no similar poems related to "The Lily Confidante" poem.
All Henry Timrod Poems

Popular Poets

Thomas Campion (11 poems)
Anthony Evan Hecht (1 poems)
Anne Barbara Ridler (2 poems)
Grace Fallow Norton (2 poems)
Alfred Edward Housman (0 poems)
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (2 poems)
Alice Furlong (2 poems)
Thomas Gray (11 poems)
Abdul-hamis Bin Bara (0 poems)
John Greenleaf Whittier (4 poems)

Popular Poems

The Bells, by Guillaume Apollinaire
Geue Place Ye Louers, Here Before, by Henry Howard
Ang Tunay Na Lalaki (The Real Man) Is Baffled By Cryptic Messages, by Nick Carbo
This Peach Is Pink With Such A Pink, by Norman Rowland Gale
La jeunesse, Du Val, jadis me fit écrire, by Joachim du Bellay
To John J. Knickerbocker, Jr., by Eugene Field
The Caffer, by Thomas Pringle
To Remorse, by Alice Duer Miller
Sonnet Lv, by Edmund Spenser
The Amorous Courtesan, by Jean De La Fontaine