The Jungle Flower

"The Jungle Flower" is the second song of Henry Burleigh's song cycle Five Songs of Laurence Hope.
The Jungle Flower
by Laurence Hope

Thou art one of the jungle flowers, strange and fierce and fair,
Palest amber, perfect lines, and scented with champa flower.
Lie back and frame thy face in the gloom of thy loosened hair;
Sweet thou art and loved -- ay, loved -- for an hour.

But thought flies far, ah, far, to another breast,
Whose whiteness breaks to the rose of a twin pink flower,
Where wind the azure veins that my lips caressed
When Fate was gentle to me for a too-brief hour.

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