AT FONTAINEBLEAU

At Fontainebleau, I saw a little bed,
   Fashioned of polished wood, with gold ornate.
   Ambition, hope, and sorrow, aye, and hate
Once battled there, above a childish head:
And there, in vain, grief wept and memory plead
   It was so small; but ah, dear God, how great
   The part it played in one sad woman's fate.
How wide the gloom that narrow object shed.

The symbol of an overreaching aim,
   The emblem of a devastated joy,
It spoke of glory, and a blasted home,
Of fleeting honors, and disordered fame,
   And the lone passing of a fragile boy.
      .      .      .      .      .
It was the cradle of the King of Rome.

Cosmopolitan 42 (Apr. 1907): 650.


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