Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh

Sonnet: To the Rising Moon

Why art thou blushing lady! art thou shamed 
To show thy full, fair face? Behind yon screen 
Of trees, which Nature has enrobed with green 
Thou stand'st, as one whose hidden sins are named; 
Peeping the leafy crevices between, 
Like Memory looking through the chinks of years 
For some fair island-spot unsoiled by tears. — 
Now thou'rt ascending, melancholy queen! 
But the red rose has sickened on thy cheek. 
And there thou wander'st sorrowful, and weak. 
And heedless where thou'rt straying, sad, and pale. 
Like grief-struck maiden, who has heard revealed 
To all the world that which she wished concealed — 
Her trusting Love's, and hapless Frailty's tale. 

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