Oh ! Sorrow, Sorrow, scarce I knew.
Your name, when shaking down the may
In sport, a little child I grew
Afraid to find you at my play.
I heard it ere I looked at you;
You sang it softly as you came
Bringing your little boughs of yew
To fling across my gayest game.
Oh! Sorrow, Sorrow, was I fair
That when I decked me for a bride,
You met me stepping down the stair
And led me from my lover’s side?
Was I so dear you could not spare
The maid to love, the child to play,
But coming always unaware,
Must bid and beckon me away?
Oh! Sorrow, Sorrow is my bed
So wide and warm that you must lie
Upon it; toss your weary head
And stir my slumber with your sigh?
I left my love at your behest,
I waved your little boughs of yew,
But Sorrow, Sorrow let me rest,
For oh! I cannot sleep with you!
Paintings by Algernon Newton (1880-1968) :
A. Summer Afternoon Over Bayswater
B. Evening Sky Over Church Street
C. Canal Scene, Maida Vale
D. In Kensington