"Roses and Rue." Autograph manuscript signed, ca. 1884–1885. 4 p.
Gift of Lucia Moreira Salles, 2008
You were allways afraid of a shower
(Just like a flower!)
I remember you started and ran
When the rain began,
I remember I never could catch you
For no one could match you,
You had wonderful luminous fleet
Little wings to your feet.
Yet you someway4 would give me the prize,
With a laugh in your eyes,
The rose5 from your breast, or the bliss
Of a single swift kiss
On your neck with it's6 marble hue,
And it's vein of blue, —
How these passionate memories bite
In my heart, as I write!
4 For publication, "someway" was changed to "somehow."
5 For publication, a comma was added after "rose."
6 For publication, "it's" was changed to "its."