SONG-DAY IN A UTUMN (D. H. Lawrence)

When the autumn roses
   Are heavy with dew,
Before the mist discloses
   The leafs brown hue,
You would, among the laughing hills
   Of yesterday
Walk innocent in the daffodils,
Coiffing up your auburn hair
In a puritan fillet, a chaste white snare
To catch and keep me with you there
   So far away.

When from the autumn roses
   Trickles the dew.
When the blue mist uncloses
   And the sun looks through,
You from those startled hills
   Come away,
Out of the withering daffodils;
Thoughtful, and half afraid,
Plaiting a heavy, auburn braid
And coiling it round the wise brows of a maid
   Who was scared in her play.

When in the autumn roses
    Creeps a bee.
And a trembling flower encloses
   His ecstasy.
You from your lonely walk
And leaning to me like a flower on its stalk,
Wait among the beeches
For your late bee who beseeches
To creep through your loosened hair till he reaches,
   Your heart of dismay.