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Certain of these pieces have appeared already in the following

periodicals:--_The English Review, The Saturday Review, The

Eye-Witness, The Westminster Gazette_, and _The Pall Mall Gazette_.

One of the Songs was printed for the first time in an anthology called

_Cambridge Poets_. I am indebted to the editors of these for

permission to reprint them here.

E. S.



Song for an Unwritten Play

The Cup

A Rhymeless Song

Meadow and Orchard

Who thinks that he possesses

Love in the Open Air

Fear in the Night

An Old Song

Love's Close

The Weed


The Holiday

Walking at Night

Half Hope

A New Song about the Sea


The Winter Soldier, i.-ix.

The Pool

The Dead Poet


The Vision in the Wood

The Idyll

The Pursuit of Daphne


Ode on Beauty

Song in Time of Waiting

Sonnets on Separation, i.-vii.

The Morning Sun



The Golden Moment


Now would I be

Midwinter Madness

At a Lecture


_Song for an Unwritten Play._

The moon's a drowsy fool to-night,

Wrapped in fleecy clouds and white;

And all the while Endymion

Sleeps on Latmos top alone.

Not a single star is seen:

They are gathered round their queen,

Keeping vigil by her bed,

Patient and unwearied.

Now the poet drops his pen

And moves about like other men:

Tom o' Bedlam now is still

And sleeps beneath the hawthorn'd hill.

Only the Latmian shepherd deems

Something missing from his dreams

And tosses as he sleeps alone.

Alas, alas, Endymion!

_The Cup._

As a hot traveller

Going through stones and sands,

Who sees clear water stir

Amid the weary lands,

Takes in his hollowed hands

The clean and lively water,

That trickles down his throat

Like laughter, like laughter,

So when you come to me

Across these parched places

And all the waste I see

Flowered with your graces,

I take between my hands

Your face like a rare cup,

Where kisses mix with laughter,

And drink and drink them up

Like water, like water.

_A Rhymeless Song._

Rhyme with its jingle still betrays

The song that's meant for one alone.

Dearest, I dedicate to you

A little song without a rhyme.

The most unpractised schoolboy knows

That quiet kisses are the sweetest.

Safe locked within my arms you lie,

Let not a single sound betray us.

Suppose your jealous mother came

By chance this way and found us here...

Be still, be still, and not a sound

Shall give her warning that we love.

_Meadow and Orchard._

My heart is like a meadow,

Where clouds go over,

Dappling the mingled grass and clover

With mingled sun and shadow,

With light that will not stay

And shade that sails away.

Your heart is like an orchard,

That has the sun for ever in its leaves,

Where, on the grass beneath the trees,

There falls the shadow of the fruit

That ripen there for me.

_Who thinks that he possesses._

Who thinks that he possesses

His mistress with his kisses

Knows neither love nor her.

Nor beauty is not his

Who seeks it in a kiss:

If you would seek for this

O seek it otherwhere!

Love is a flame, a spirit

Beyond all earthly merit

And all we dream of here;

Strive as you may but still

Love is intangible,

No servant to your will

But sovereign otherwhere.

_Love in the Open Air._

I'll love you in the open air

But stuffy rooms and blazing fires

And mirrors with familiar stare

Cloak and befoul my high desires.

The dearest day that I have known

Was in the fields, when driving rain

Was like a veil around us thrown,

A grey close veil without a stain.

The young oak-tree was stripped and bare

But naked twigs a shelter made,

Where curious cows came round to stare

And stood astonished and dismayed.

Let it be rain or summer sun,

Smell of wet earth or scent of flowers,

Love, once more give me, give me one

Of these enchanted lover's hours.

_Fear in the Night._

I am afraid to-night,

We are too glad, too gay,

Our life too sweet, too bright

To last another day.

What hap, what chance can fall,

What sorrow come, what schism,

What loss, what cataclysm

To part us two at all?

The stars with ageless fire

In skies serene the same

Observe our young desire

And watch our loves aflame.

A whisper soft, a sound

Unfollowed, unattended,

Shakes all the branches round:

They sleep and it is ended.

You sleep and I alone

Torment myself with fear

For new joys coming near

And gracious actions done.

I am afraid to-night,

We are too glad, too gay,

Our life too sweet, too bright

To last another day.

_An Old Song._

The wild duck fly over

From river to river

And so the young lover

Goes roving for ever.

They fly together,

He walks alone:

No maiden can tether

Him with her moan.

At the bursting of blossom

On her breast his head;

He has left her bosom

Ere the apples are red.

Across the valley,

Singing he goes.

In highway and alley

He seeks a new rose.

Tell me, O maidens,

You who all day

In lyrical cadence

Dance and play,

Why do you proffer

Your sweets to one,

Who takes all you offer

And leaves you to moan?

_Love's Close._

Now spring comes round again

With blossom on the tree,

Dark blossom of the peach,

Light blossom of the pear

And amorous birds complain

And nesting birds prepare

And love's keen fingers reach

After the heart of me.

But now the blackthorn blows

About the dusty lane

And new buds peep and peer,

I have no joy at all,

For love draws near its close

And love's white blossoms fall

And in the springing year

Love's fingers bring me pain.

_The Weed._

My mother told me this for true

That there behind the mountains,

That wear the mists about their feet

And clouds about their summits,

There grows the weed Forgetfulness,

It grows there in the gullies.

If I but knew the way thereto,

Three days long would I wander

And pick a handful of the weed

And drink it steeped in honey,

That so I might forget your mouth

A thousand times that kissed me.


Hawthorn above, as pale as frost,

Against the paling sky is lost:

On the pool's dark sheet below,

The candid water-daisies glow.

As I came up and saw from far

The water littered, star on star,

I thought the may had left its hedge

To float upon the pool's dark edge.

_The Holiday._

The world's great ways unclose

Through little wooded hills:

An air that stirs and stills,

Dies sighing where it rose

Or flies to sigh again

In elms, whose stately rows

Receive the summer rain,

And clouds, clouds, clouds go by,

A drifting cavalry,

In squadrons that disperse

And troops that reassemble

  • poetry [´pəuitri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.诗;诗意   (初中英语单词)
  • review [ri´vju:] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.&n.复习;回顾;检查   (初中英语单词)
  • vision [´viʒən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.视觉;想象力;幻影   (初中英语单词)
  • pursuit [pə´sju:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.追踪;追击;事务   (初中英语单词)
  • shepherd [´ʃepəd] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.牧羊人 vt.带领   (初中英语单词)
  • missing [´misiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.缺掉的;失踪的   (初中英语单词)
  • lively [´laivli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.活泼的;热烈的   (初中英语单词)
  • laughter [´lɑ:ftə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.笑,笑声   (初中英语单词)
  • betray [bi´trei] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.背叛;辜负;暴露   (初中英语单词)
  • jealous [´dʒeləs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.妒忌的   (初中英语单词)
  • mistress [´mistris] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.女主人;情妇;女能手   (初中英语单词)
  • sovereign [´sɔvrin] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.至高无上的 n.君主   (初中英语单词)
  • whisper [´wispə] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.耳语 n.低语;沙沙声   (初中英语单词)
  • gracious [´greiʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.和蔼可亲的;任慈的   (初中英语单词)
  • maiden [´meidn] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.少女 a.未婚的   (初中英语单词)
  • highway [´haiwei] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.公路,大道   (初中英语单词)
  • blossom [´blɔsəm] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.花;开花期 vi.开花   (初中英语单词)
  • separation [,sepə´reiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.分离;分开;分居   (高中英语单词)
  • drowsy [´drauzi] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.困倦的;催眠的   (高中英语单词)
  • dedicate [´dedikeit] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.献给;献身于   (高中英语单词)
  • earthly [´ə:θli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.地球的;世俗的   (高中英语单词)
  • stuffy [´stʌfi] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不通气的;闷热的   (高中英语单词)
  • serene [si´ri:n] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&a.清澈的;宁静的   (高中英语单词)
  • handful [hændful] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.一把,少数,一小撮   (高中英语单词)
  • stately [´steitli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.庄严的,雄伟的   (高中英语单词)
  • jingle [´dʒiŋgəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.(使)叮当响   (英语四级单词)
  • warning [´wɔ:niŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.警告;前兆 a.预告的   (英语四级单词)
  • wooded [´wudid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.多树林的   (英语四级单词)
  • indebted [in´detid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.负债的;感恩的   (英语六级单词)
  • fleecy [´fli:si] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.羊毛似的   (英语六级单词)

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