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    Default The Last Rose of Summer

    Hi. Could someone please give me an idea as to what the author of this poem actually means when he says the bolded parts?

    'Tis the last rose of summer

    Left blooming alone;
    All her lovely companions
    Are faded and gone;
    No flower of her kindred,
    No rosebud is nigh,
    To reflect back her blushes,
    To give sigh for sigh.

    I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
    To pine on the stem;
    Since the lovely are sleeping,
    Go, sleep thou with them.
    Thus kindly I scatter,
    Thy leaves o'er the bed,

    Where thy mates of the garden
    Lie scentless and dead.

    So soon may I follow,
    When friendships decay,
    From Love's shining circle
    The gems drop away.
    When true hearts lie withered
    And fond ones are flown,

    Oh! who would inhabit,
    This bleak world alone?
    Any help would be appreciated!

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    Default Re: The Last Rose of Summer

    Quote Originally Posted by RealtimeY View Post
    Hi. Could someone please give me an idea as to what the author of this poem actually means when he says the bolded parts?



    Any help would be appreciated!
    Well, I know that this response is coming 2 months after the post and likely isn't needed, but I have my own last rose of summer sitting on my desk so I feel compelled to respond.

    I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
    To pine on the stem;
    Since the lovely are sleeping,
    Go, sleep thou with them.~I won't leave you alone on the stem to mourn the death of the other roses. Since they have gone, I will help you to join them~

    Thus kindly I scatter,
    Thy leaves o'er the bed,

    Where thy mates of the garden
    Lie scentless and dead.

    ~With kindness I will scatter your leaves (more likely the petals) over the rose bed or flower bed where the other roses have fallen.~

    So soon may I follow,
    When friendships decay,
    From Love's shining circle
    The gems drop away.

    ~Here the poet begins to speak about himself. The gems dropping away from Love's circle refers to family, friends and loved ones dieing before him. He may soon be like the rose, the last one left of family and friends, waiting to die himself.

    When true hearts lie withered
    And fond ones are flown,

    Oh! who would inhabit,
    This bleak world alone?

    ~"True hearts" and "fond ones" are again the people the poet loves and is fond of. "Lie withered" and "are flown" describes their passing and having died. You could read this as When loved ones lie dead and friends are gone.

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    Default Re: The Last Rose of Summer

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Louise View Post
    Well, I know that this response is coming 2 months after the post and likely isn't needed, but I have my own last rose of summer sitting on my desk so I feel compelled to respond.

    I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
    To pine on the stem;
    Since the lovely are sleeping,
    Go, sleep thou with them.~I won't leave you alone on the stem to mourn the death of the other roses. Since they have gone, I will help you to join them~

    Thus kindly I scatter,
    Thy leaves o'er the bed,
    Where thy mates of the garden
    Lie scentless and dead.

    ~With kindness I will scatter your leaves (more likely the petals) over the rose bed or flower bed where the other roses have fallen.~

    So soon may I follow,
    When friendships decay,
    From Love's shining circle
    The gems drop away.

    ~Here the poet begins to speak about himself. The gems dropping away from Love's circle refers to family, friends and loved ones dieing before him. He may soon be like the rose, the last one left of family and friends, waiting to die himself.

    When true hearts lie withered
    And fond ones are flown,
    Oh! who would inhabit,
    This bleak world alone?

    ~"True hearts" and "fond ones" are again the people the poet loves and is fond of. "Lie withered" and "are flown" describes their passing and having died. You could read this as When loved ones lie dead and friends are gone.

    very nice peotery

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