Contemporary Belgian Poetry

Contemporary Belgian Poetry

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Excerpt: ...watch three years through. IV. The maids with the bandaged eyes (Do off the bands of gold) The maids with the bandaged eyes Are seeking their destinies. Went in at the noon of day (Keep on the bands of gold) In at the gate went they Of the palace of prairies gray. Life saluting then, (Tie close the bands of gold) Life saluting then, They never came out again. V. The three blind sisters, (Let not our hope grow cold) The three blind sisters Pg 99 Have their lamps of gold. Into the tower they climb, (We, you, and they) Into the tower they climb, Wait till the seventh day. Ah! said the first one, (Still hopes the heart, and fights) Ah! said the first one, I can hear our lights. Ah! said the second, bending, (They, you, and we) Ah! said the second, bending, It is the King ascending. Nay, said the saintliest, (Still be our courage stout) Nay, said the saintliest, Our lights have all gone out. VI. The seven virgins of Orlamonde, When the fairy had passed away, The seven virgins of Orlamonde, Sought the gates of day. Have lit the wick of their seven lanterns, Have opened, flight by flight, The door of full four hundred chambers, Pg 100 But have not found the light . They come unto the sounding caverns, Go down, with courage cold, And in the lock of a closed portal Find a key of gold. Through the chinks they see the ocean, They are afraid of death, Dare not ope, knock at the portal, With bated breath. VII. She had three diadems of gold, To whom did she give them? Does one unto her parents bring: And they have bought three reeds of gold, And kept it till the Spring. Gives one unto her lovers all: And they have bought three nets of silver, And kept it till the Fall. One she to her children brings: And they have brought three iron rings, And chained it up the Winter long. VIII. Towards the palace she cameshow more

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  • 1236733568
  • 9781236733566