Poems and Ballads (Second Series)

Poems and Ballads (Second Series)

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Excerpt: ...feed on our own hearts; but he Whose heart fed mine has passed into the past. Past, all things born with sense and blood and breath; The flesh hears nought that now the spirit saith. If death be like as birth and birth as death, The first was fair--more fair should be the last. Fourscore years since, and come but one month more The count were perfect of his mortal score Whose sail went seaward yesterday from shore To cross the last of many an unsailed sea. Light, love and labour up to life's last height, These three were stars unsetting in his sight; Even as the sun is life and heat and light And sets not nor is dark when dark are we. Pg 76 The life, the spirit, and the work were one That here--ah, who shall say, that here are done? Not I, that know not; father, not thy son, For all the darkness of the night and sea. March 5, 1877 Pg 77 A BIRTH SONG (For Olivia Frances Madox Rossetti, born September 20, 1875) Out of the dark sweet sleep Where no dreams laugh or weep Borne through bright gates of birth Into the dim sweet light Where day still dreams of night While heaven takes form on earth, White rose of spirit and flesh, red lily of love, What note of song have we Fit for the birds and thee, Fair nestling couched beneath the mother dove? Nay, in some more divine Small speechless song of thine Some news too good for words, Heart hushed and smiling, we Might hope to have of thee, The youngest of God's birds, If thy sweet sense might mix itself with ours, If ours might understand The language of thy land, Ere thine become the tongue of mortal hours: Pg 78 Ere thy lips learn too soon Their soft first human tune, Sweet, but less sweet than now, And thy raised eyes to read Glad and good things indeed, But none so sweet as thou: Ere thought lift up their flower soft lids to see What life and love on earth Bring thee for gifts at birth, But none so good as thine who hast given us thee: Now, ere thy sense forget The heaven that...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236723562
  • 9781236723567
  • 2,276,299