Hedauville, November 1915

The sunshine on the long white road

That ribboned down the hill,

The velvet clematis that clung

Around your window-sill

Are waiting for you still.

Again the shadowed pool shall break

In dimples round your feet,

And  when the thrush sings in your wood,

Unknowing you may meet

Another stranger, Sweet.

And if he is not quite so old

As the boy you used to know,

And less proud, too,and worthier,

You may not let him go –

(And daisies are truer than passion-flowers)

It will be better so.

by Roland A. Leighton, quoted by Vera Brittain in “Testament of Youth”

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