Lines Written On The Sunny Side Of Frankfort Street

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Sporting with Amaryllis in the shade,
  (I credit Milton in parenthesis),
Among the speculations that she made
  Was this:

"When"-these her very words-"when you return,
  A slave to duty's harsh commanding call,
Will you, I wonder, ever sigh and yearn
  At all?"

Doubt, honest doubt, sat then upon my brow.
  (Emotion is a thing I do not plan).
I could not fairly answer then, but now
  I can.

Yes, Amaryllis, I can tell you this,
  Can answer publicly and unafraid:
You haven't any notion how I miss
  The shade.

© Franklin Pierce Adams