Fragrance Quote for April 22nd, 2012- "WHAT HEART BUT FEARS A FRAGRANCE?"- Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi

Fragrance Quote for April 22nd, 2012- "WHAT HEART BUT FEARS A FRAGRANCE?"-
Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi

What heart but fears a fragrance?
Alien they
... Who breathe in the white lilac only May;
For there be other spirits unto whom
Fate's kiss lies dreaming in each stray perfume!

Who mock at ghosts of odour — poor they bel
Bereft the scented balms of memory,
For unto one in April's rain-blest earth
There starts for aye the sharp, glad cry of birth;
And Love will find in rooms unbarred for years
Familiar sweetness loosing sudden tears,
Clasping the will in mastering embrace
As in the presence of a phantom grace.

Then there be odours pungent — fires in Fall
The gipsying of boyhood to recall;
And there be perfumes holy — nay, but one
Whose pang is like none other 'neath the sun
To drown the sinking senses in a joy
Beyond all time to weaken or destroy!
Odours there be that swoon, entreat, caress —
Elusive thrall, to doom or stab or bless;
Each vagrant scent that holds the breath in fee
Doth wed the heart in Life's eternity.

Who fear no wraiths of fragrance — sorry they;
Who breathe in lilac odours only May;
For there be other mortals unto whom
White magic wanders in each stray perfume.

Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi