These just blossomed a few days ago... I'm shocked that they're already fading! Perhaps from all the heat...
I Have Loved Flowers That Fade a poem by Robert Bridges
I have loved flowers that fade, Within whose magic tents Rich hues have marriage made With sweet unmemoried scents: A honeymoon delight, A joy of love at sight, That ages in an hour My song be like a flower!
I have loved airs that die Before their charm is writ Along a liquid sky Trembling to welcome it. Notes, that with pulse of fire Proclaim the spirit's desire, Then die, and are nowhere My song be like an air!
Die, song, die like a breath, And wither as a bloom; Fear not a flowery death, Dread not an airy tomb! Fly with delight, fly hence! 'Twas thine love's tender sense To feast; now on thy bier [coffin stand] Beauty shall shed a tear.
Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 – 1930) was a practicing Physician, as well as an English poet, and poet laureate from 1913 to 1930.
[A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and is often expected to compose poems for State occasions and other government events.]