xt75736m0n4b https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt75736m0n4b/data/mets.xml Cawein, Madison Julius, 1865-1914. 1888  books b92-184-30604827 English J.P. Morton, : [Louisville, Ky.] : Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Triumph of music, and other lyrics  / by Madison J. Cawein. text Triumph of music, and other lyrics  / by Madison J. Cawein. 1888 2002 true xt75736m0n4b section xt75736m0n4b 











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           Otter Lyrics.



      BY MADISON J. CAWEIN.






"1IHE O) Ar is HEARD ABOVE THE LYRE."-Swinburfe.






              [LINIITED.]



JOHN P. MORTON AND COMPANY,
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INSCRIBED



            TO

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

           WVITH

   FRIENDSHIP AND ESTEEM.



COPYRIGHT 1888 BY M. J. CAWEIN.


 
















CONTENTS.



The Triumph of Music,
What You WVill,
In the South,.
Pan,. . .
Pax Vobiscum,.
Mirabile Dictu,.
Questionings, .
Waiting.
In Late Fall .....
Midwinter,
Longing .
In Middle Spring,. .
Tyranny,.
Visions,. .. . .   .



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CON TEN TS.



The Old Byway,.
Diurnal, .
The Wood Path,
Deficiency,.
He Who Loves,.
The Monastery Croft,
The Dryad,.
"The Sweet o' the Year,"
With the Seasons,.
Unattainable,
Beyond..
Shadows.
Check and Counter-Check,
Semper Idem .. .. .
Two Lives,.
Forevermore,
A Blown Rose,.
To-morrow.
Mnemosyne.
The Sirens .......
The Vintager,     .
A Stormy Sunset, . .



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CONVTENIVTS.



On a Dial,....                              ....... ........ 73
Unutterable,. .......                       74
Midsummer, .. . . ..     .....         .   75
A Fairy Cavalier.... . . . . ........ 78
The Farmstead ........... ... ... 8o
Five Fancies: L. Tlhe Gladiolas... . . . . .87
             II. The Morning- Glories, .88
             HI. The Tiger-Lil,             89
             IV. Vengeance,                go
             V. A Dead LiZy, .            92
My Suit        .      .      ... . .. . . . 94
The Family Burying-Ground.     .   .        96
The Water-Maid.   . ... . . . . . . . . .. 98
The Sea-King,          ... ioo
Where and What . . . . . . . .            103
The Spring       ... .                   .,
Lillita,..... .                     . . . 109
Artemis . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . ..  .112
In November.   . ... . . . . . . . . . ... Ii6
A Character.   . ... . . . . . . . . . ... 117
A Mood         ..                          I20
A Thought.   . ... . . . . . . . . . . .. 122



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CONTENTS.



Song.      ..  .
Face to Face,.
The Changeling,
St. John's Eve,
Lalage,
Miriam.
The Wind.
Music,
To         .. . . .   .
Yule,
The Troubadour, . . .
Why.
From Unbelief to Belief,
The King,.



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THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.



                   I

TIHERE lay in a vale 'twixt lone mountains
       A garden entangled with flowers,
Where the whisper of echoing fountains
Stirred softly the musk-breathing bowers.
Where torrents cast down from rock-masses,
  From caverns of red-granite steeps,
With thunders sonorous clove passes
  And maddened dark gulfs with rash leaps,
  With the dolorous foam of their leaps.


                   II

And, oh, when the sunrays came heaping
  The foam of those musical chasms,
With a scintillant dust as of diamonds,
It seemed that white spirits were sweeping
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THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.



  Down, down thro' those voluble chasms,
  Wild weeping in resonant spasms.
And the wave from the red-hearted granite
  In veins rolled tumbling around;
Meandered thro' shade-haunted forests
Where many rock barriers did span it
  To dash it in froth and in sound:
Where the nights with their great moons could wan it,
  Or star its dusk stillness profound.


                      III

And here in the night would I wander
On woodways where fragrances kissed,
  By shadows where murmurings kissed;
And here would I tarry to ponder
  When the moon in blue vales made a mist:
Dim in forests of rank, rocking cedars,
  Whose wildness made glad with their scent,
  Whose boughs in the tempests were bent
Like the pennons and plumes of fierce leaders,
In the battle all ragged and rent.



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THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC3



                  IV

And so when the moonshine was floating
  Far up on the mountain's bleak head,
On the uttermost foam of the torrent,
Would I string a wild harp while was gloating
  The moon on my blossomy bed.
Or I lay where a fountain of blossoms
  Rained rustling from arches aloft,
  From the thick-scented arbors aloft,
And I sang as the blossoms' white bosoms
  Pressed silk-smooth to mine and lay soft:
I sang as their redolence stung me,
  And laughed on my blossomy couch,
Till the fragrance and music had flung me
  Into shadows of sleep with their touch,
  The magic of exquisite touch.  .


                   V

One night as I wondered and wandered
  In this my rare Aidenn of flowers,



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4 TE TRIUAIPH OF MUSIC.



I saw where I lingered and pondered
  A youth cast asleep mid the bowers:
A youth on a mantle of satin,
  A poppy-red robe in the flowers.

                   VI

So I kissed his thin eyelids full tender,
  I kissed his high forehead and pale,
I sighed as I kissed his black splendor
  Of curls that were kissed of the gale,
  That were moved of the balm-breathing gale.
And he woke and cried out as if haunted:-
  " Oh God! for one note of that song!
  For a sob of that languishing song!
Whose tumult of sorrow enchanted,
  And swept my weak spirit along !"

                   VII

Than I sate me upon the red satin
  And plunged a long look in his eyes;
I bowed on the weft of red satin
  And kindled his love with my sighs.



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     7lHE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.               5


With fingers of lightness set sobbing
  The chords of my harp in a song,
Till I found that my heart was a-throbbing
  And sobbing to sing like a tongue,
  Was sobbing to mix with the song.


                  VIll

Then he cried, and his dark eyes keen glistened,
  " Lost! lost ! for that perilous music
  Oh God! for that tyrannous strain !
To which in my dreams I have listened,
  Ah, wretch! I have listened with pain !"
And he tost on the garment of satin
  His deep raven darkness of hair,
And the song at my lips was ungathered,
  And I sate there to marvel and stare.


                   Ix

Then I wrenched from my soul a wild glory
  Of music delirious with words,
Of music that wailed a soul's story,

 






THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.



  And trembled with god-uttered words,
  Or fell like the battling of swords.
And in with it mixed all the beauty
  Of farewells and ravenous sighs,
The heart that was broken for booty,
  Tears, rapture to know that one dies,
  Hell, heaven and laughter and cries.

                    x
In music the heart-ache of passion,
  The terror of souls that are lost,
Cold, dizzying anguish of dying,
All torments that beauty could fashion,
  Hot manacles of love and their cost.
The bliss and the fury of dashing
  A soul into riotous love,
While the smiting of harp-chords and crashing
  Of song like the winds were enwove
  With the stars that fall sounding above.

                   xI
Ah! why did the poppy-crowned slumber
Seal up the rare light of his eyes



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THE TRIUAMPH 0F MUSIC.



With its silver of vapory pinions,
The creature that sung in each number,
  To nest in his tired-out eyes,
  Like a bird that is sick of the skies.
Yet he murmured so sad and so thrilling,
  " Oh God ! for a lifetime of song
  Oh life! for a world of such song
For a heaven or hell and the killing.
  Mad angel or devil of song!
Oh, the rapture engendlered in throwing
  On bubbles of music and song
A soul to the anguish of loving,
Until like a flower, full blowing,
  It is lost in a whirlwind most strong,
  It dies in a thunder of song!''

                  XII

I had flung in my song the emotion
  Triumphant of heart and of soul,
And I recked not the passionate ocean
  That rolled to abysses of dole,
  To infinite torture and dole.



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THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.



                  XIII

So I sang and I harped till all weary
  I sunk on the red of that robe,
Crouched down at his feet on the satin,
While he slumbered with eyelashes teary
  Fringed dark o'er each eye-ball's dark globe.
Then I wondered and said, " It is dreary
  To see him so still on this robe.
And I sobbed and I sobbed, " Is he living,
  Or have I but slain with my song I"
And it seemed that a demon was striving
  To strangle my heart with a thong,
  With terror and sorrow of wrong.


                  XIV

And I rent the wild harp in my madness,
  From his ashen brows furrowed the hair;
Soft wafted dark curls from pale temples-
They rustled with death -and the sadness
  Of his face so hopelessly fair!
How I wailed to the stars of the heaven



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THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC.



  How they scoffed at and answered my grief
In letters of flame, " Unforgiven!
  Thou deathless, whose voice is a thief,
  Forever and ever grief !"

                  xv
So I wept on the instrument broken,
  The instrument sweet of his death,
The dagger that stabbed not to kill him,
The dagger of song which had spoken,
And ravished away his life's breath.
So I wept, and my curls thick and golden
Stormed entangled and showered "mid his;
My arms around him were enfolden,
My lips clave to his with a kiss,
With the life and the love of a kiss.



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WHAT YOU WILL.



                        I

W     HEN the season was dry and the sun was hot
     And the hornet sucked gaunt on the apricot,
And the ripe peach dropped to its seed a-rot,
  With a lean red wasp that stung and clung;
When the hollyhocks, ranked in the garden-plot,
More seed-pods had than blossoms, I wot,
  A weariness weighed on the tongue,
That the drought of the season begot.


                       II

When the black grape bulged with the juice that burst
Through its thick blue skin that was cracked with
    thirst,
And the round gold pippins, the summer had nursed,
  In the yellowing leaves o' the orchards hung;

 






WHAT YOU WILL.



When the reapers, their lips with whistling pursed,
To their sun-tanned brows in the corn were immersed,
  A lightness came over the tongue,
And one sung as much as one durst.


                      III

When the skies of December gray dripped and dripped,
And icicles eaves of the big barn tipped,
And loud hens flew over the snow or slipped,
  And the north wind hooted and bit and stung,
And the ears of the milkmaid, Miriam, nipped,
And the chappy cheeks of the farm boy whipped,
A goddess unloosened the tongue,
And one's mouth with wild honey was lipped.



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IN THE SOUTH.



             [SERENA DE.]


T    HE dim verbena drugs the dusk
       With heavy lemon odors rare;
Wan heliotropes Arabian musk
  Exhale into the dreamy air;
A sad wind with long wooing husk
  Swoons in the roses there.


The jasmine at thy casement flings
  Star-censers oozing rich perfumes;
The clematis, long petaled, swings
  Deep clusters of dark purple blooms;
With flowers like moons or sylphide wings
  Magnolias light the glooms.

 






ZN THE SOUTHH'



    Awake, awake from sleep!
      Thy balmy hair,
    Unbounden deep on deep,
      Than blossoms fair,
    Who sweetest fragrance weep,
      Will fill the night with prayer.
    Awake, awake from sleep!


And dreaming here it seems to me
  Some dryad's bosoms grow confessed
Nude in the dark magnolia tree,
  That rustles with the murmurous West,-
Or is it but a dream of thee
  That thy white beauty guessed 


In southern heavens above are rolled
  A million feverish gems, which burst
From night's deep ebon caskets old,
  With inner fires that seem to thirst;
Tall oleanders to their gold
Drift buds where dews are nursed.



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14            IN  THE SOUTH.


       Unseal, unseal thine eyes,
         Where long her rod
       Queen Mab sways o'er their skies
         In realms of Nod !
       Confessed, such majesties
         Will fill the night with God.
       Unseal, unseal thine eyes!


 















PAN.



               I

H    AUNTER of green intricacies,
       Where the sunlight's amber laces
  Deeps of darkest violet;
Wphere the ugly Satyr chases
Shining Dryads, fair as Graces,
  Whose lithe limbs with dew are wet;
Piper in hid mountain places,
Where the blue-eyed Oread braces
  Winds which in her sweet cheeks set
Of Aurora rosy traces,
Whiles the Faun from myrtle mazes
  Watcheth with an eye of jet:
What art thou and these dim races,
Thou, 0 Pan! of many faces,
  Who art ruler yet 

 






PAN.



                2

Tell me, piper, have I ever
Heard thy hollow syrinx quiver
  Trickling music in the trees 
Where dark hazel copses shiver,
Have I heard its dronings sever
  The warm silence, or the bees
Ripple murmurings, that never
Could be born of fall or river,
  Whisperings and subtleties,
Melodies so very clever,
None can doubt that thou, the giver,
  Master Nature's keys.


                3

What glad awes of storm are given
Thy mad power, which has striven,-
  Where the craggy forests glare,-
In wild mockery, when Heaven
Splits with thunder wedges driven

 






PANY'.



Red through night and rainy air'
What art thou, whose presence, even
While its fear the heart blath riven,
Heals it with a prayer 



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PAX VOBISCUM.



H    ER violets in thine eyes
        The Springtide stained I know,
Two bits of mystic skies
On which the green turf lies,
  Whereon the violets blow.

                  2

I know the Summer wrought
  From thy sweet heart that rose,
With that faint fragrance fraught,
Its sad poetic thought
  Of peace and deep repose.

                  3

That Autumn, like some god,
  From thy delicious hair-
Lost sunlight 'neath the sod -
Shot up this golden-rod
To toss it everywhere.

 






         PAX VORISCU/'[.               '9



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That MWinter from thy breast
The snowdrop's whiteness stole-
Much kinder than the rest-
Thy innocence confessed,
The pureness of thy soul.


 











MIRAB3ILE DICTU.



T    HERE lives a goddess in the WVest,
     An island in death-lonesome seas;
No towered towns are hers confessed,
  No castled forts and palaces.
Hers, simple worshipers at best,
  The buds, the birds, the l)ees.

And she bath wonder-worlds of song
  So heavenly beautiful, and shed
So sweetly from her honeyed tongue,
  The savage creatures, it is said,
Hark marble-still their wilds among,
  And nightingales fall dead.

I know her not, nor have I known;
  I only feel that she is there;
For when my heart is most alone
  There broods communion on the air,
Concedes an influence not its own,
  Miraculously fair.

 






      A1IIRARBLE DICTU.                2I


Then fain is it to sing and sing,
  And then again to fly and fly
Beyond the flight of cloud or wing,
  Far under azure arcs of sky.
Its love at her chaste feet to fling,
  Behold her face and (lie.


 











QUESTIONINGS.



N    OXV when wan winter sunscts be
       Canary-colored downvl the sky;
  When nights are starless utterly,
And sleeted winds cuLt moaning by,
  One's memory keeps one company,
And conscience puts his "when " and "why."

Such inquisition, when alone,
  Wakes superstition in the head,
A Gorgon face of hueless stone
  'With staring eyes to terror wed,
Stamped on her brow God's words, "Unknown!
  Behind the dead, behind the dead."

And, oh! that weariness of soul
  That leans upon our dead, the clod
And air have taken as a whole
Through some mysterious period:-
Life ! with thy questions of control:
Death! with thy unguessed laws of God.


 











WAITING.



W     ERE we in May now, while
NV,  Our souls are yearning,
Sad hearts would bound and smile
  With red blood burning;
Around the tedious dial
  No slow hands turning.

Were we in May now, say,
  WRhat joy to know
Her heart's streams pulse away
  In winds that blow,
See graceful limbs of May
  Revealed to glow.

Were we in May now, think
  What wealth she has;
The dog-tooth violets pink,
  Wind-flowers like glass,
About the wool brook's brink
  Dark sassafras.

 






WAI2TIIVG.



Nights, which the large stars strew
  Heav'n on heav'n rolled,
Nights, whose feet flash with dew,
  Whose long locks hold
Aromas cool and new,
  A moon's curved gold.

This makes me sad in March;
  I long and long
To see the red-bud's torch
  Flame far and strong,
Hear on my vine-climbed porch
  The blue-bird's song.

What else then but to sleep
  And cease from such;
Dream of her and to leap
  At her white touch 
Ah me! then wake and weep,
  Weep overmuch.

This is why day by day
Time lamely crawls,



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        WAI TING.                 25


Feet clogged with winter clay
That never falls,
While the dim month of May
  Me far off calls.


 












IN LATE FALL.



SUCH days as break the wild bird's heart;
     Such days as kill it and its songs;
A death which knows a sweeter part
  Of days to which such death belongs.

And now old eyes are filled with tears,
  As with the rain the frozen flowers;
Time moves so slowly one but fears
  The burthen on his wasted powers.

And so he stopped ;-and thou art dead!
  And that is found which once was feared
A farewell to thy gray, gray head,
  A goodnight to thy goodly beard!


 









MIDWINTER.



T     HE dew-drop from the rose that slips
     Hath not the sparkle of her lips,
            My lady's lips.

Than her long braids of yellow hold
The dandelion hath not more gold,
            Her braids like gold.

The blue-bell hints not more of skies
Than do the flowers in her eyes,
            My lady's eyes.

The sweet-pea blossom doth not wear
More dainty pinkness than her ear,
            My lady's ear.

So, heigho! then, tho' skies be gray,
My heart's a garden that is gay
            This sorry day.


 












LONGING.



W     HEN rathe wind-flowers many peer
       All rain filled at blue April skies,
As on one smiles one's lady dear
  With the big tear-drops in her eyes;

When budded May-apples, I wis,
  Be hidden by lone greenwood creeks,
Be bashful as her cheeks we kiss,
  Be waxen as her dimpled cheeks;

Then do I pine for happier skies,
Shy wild-flowers fair by hill and burn;
As one for one's sweet lady's eyes,
And her white cheeks might pine and yearn.


 









IN MIDDLE SPRING.



W    IHEN the fields are rolled into naked gold,
       And a ripple of fire and pearl is blent
With the emerald surges of wood and wvold
  Like a flower-foam bursting violent;
When the dingles and deeps of the woodlands old
  Are glad with a sibilant life new sent,
Too rare to be told are the manifold
  Swreet fancies that quicken redolent
In the heart that no longer is cold.

How it knows of the wings of the hawk. that swings
  From the drippled dew scintillant seen;
Why the red-bird hides where it sings and sings
  In melodious quiverings of green;
How the wind to the red-bud and dogwood brings
  Big pearls of worth and corals of sheen,
Whiles he lisps to the strings of a lute that rings
  Of love in the South who is queen,
WVhere the fountain of poesy springs.

 






IN MIDDLE SPRING.



Go seek in the ray for a sworded fay
  The chestIlLnt's buds into blooms that rips;
And look in the brook that runs laughing gay
  For the nymiph with the laughing lips;
In the brake for the dryad whose eyes are gray,
  From whose bosom the perfume drips;
The faun hid away where the grasses sway
  Thick ivy low down on his hips,
Pursed lips on a syrinx at play.

So ho, for the rose, the Romeo rose,
  And the lyric he hides in his heart;
And ho, for the epic the oak tree knows,
  Sonorous and mighty in art.
The lily with woes that her white face shows
  Hath a satire she yearns to impart,
But none of those, her hates and her foes,
  For a heart that sings but for sport,
And shifts where the song-wind blows.


 













TVRAN NY.



T  XHERE is not aught more merciless
    Than such fast lip-s that will not speak,
 That stir not if I curse or bless
   A God that made them weak.

 MIore madd'ning to one there is naught,
   Than such white eyelids sealed on eyes.
 Eyes vacant of the thing named thought,
   An exile in the skies.

 Ah, silent tongue ! ah, ear so dull!
   Hoxw angel utterances low
 Have wooed you! they more beautiful
   Than mortal harsh with woe!


 








VISIONS.



W      HEN the snow was deep on the flower-beds,
       Anad the sleet was caked on the brier;
When the frost was down in the brown bulbs' heads,
  And the ways were clogged with mire;


When the wind to syringa and bare rose-tree
  Brought the phantoms of vanished flowers,
And the (lays were sorry as sorry could be,
  And Time limped cursing his fardle of hours:


Heigho! had I not a book and the logs
  And I swear that I was n't mistaken,
But I heard the frogs croaking in far-off bogs,
  And the brush-sparrow's song in the braken.

And I strolled by paths which the Springtide knew,
  In her mossy dells, by her ferny passes,
Where the ground was holy with flowers and dew,
  And the insect life in the grasses.

 





VISIONS.



And I knew the Spring as a lover who knows
  His sweetheart, to whom he has given
A kiss on the cheek that warmed its white rose,
  In her eyes brought the laughter of heaven.

For a poem I'd read, a simple thing,
  A little lyric that had the power
To make the brush-sparrow conme and sing,
  And the winter woodlands flower.



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THE OLD BYWAY



ITS rotting fence one scarcely sees
   Through sumach and wild blackberries,
   Thick elder and the white wild-rose,
Big ox-eyed daisies where the bees
  Hang droning in repose.


The limber lizards glide away
Gray on its moss and lichens gray;
  'Warm butterflies float in the sun,
Gay Ariels of the lonesome day;
  And there the ground squirrels run.


The red-bird stays one note to lift;
I-high overhead dark swallows drift;
  'Neath sun-soaked clouds of beaten cream,
Through which hot b)its of azure sift,
  The gray hawks soar and scream.

 






        TIlE OLD B YWAYY 35


Among the pungent weeds they fill
Dry grasshoppers pipe with a will;
  And in the grass-grown ruts, where stirs
The basking snake, mole-crickets shrill:
  O'er head the locust whirrs.


At evening, wvhen the sad West turns
To dusky Night a cheek that burns,
  The tree-toads in the wild-plumn sing.
And ghosts of long-dead flowers and ferns
The wind wakes whispering.


 









I)IUR-Al.-



                     I

A     AIMOLTEN ruby clear as wvine
I L Along the east the- dawning swimiis
[he morning-glories swing and shine,
  The night dews bead their satin rims
The bees rob sweets from shrub and vine,
  The gold hangs on their limbs.

    sweet morn, the South,
      A royal lover,
    From his fragrant m-nouth,
    Sweet morn, the South
      Breathes on and over
Keen scents of wild honey and rosy clover.

                    1I

Bveside the wall the roses blow
  Long summer noons the winds forsake;
Beside the wall the poppies glow
So full of fire their hearts (10 ache

 










    The dipping butterflies come slow,
      Half dreaming, half awake.

          Sweet noontide, rest,
            A slave-girl weary
          With her babe at her breast;
          Sweet noontide, rest,
            The day grows dreary
As soft limbs that are tired and eyes that are teary.

                    III
   Along lone paths the cricket cries
     Sad summer nights that know the dew
   One mad star thwart the heavens flies
     Curved glittering on the glassy blue
   Now grows the big moon on the skies.
     IThe stars arc faint and few.

         Sweet night, breathe thou
           WN ith a passion taken
         From a Romeo's vow;
         Sweet night, breathe thou
           Like a beauty shaken
 Of amorous dreams that have made her waken.



DIUA''VAL.


 











THE WOOD-PATH.



H    ERE doth white Spring white violets show,
     Broadcast doth white, frail wind-flowers sow
         Through starry mosses amber-fair,
     As delicate as ferns that grow,
         Hart's-tongue and maiden-hair.

     Here fungus life is beautiful,
     White mushroom and the thick toad-stool
         As various colored as wild blooms;
     Existences that love the cool,
        Distinct in rank perfumes.

    Here stray the wandering cows to rest,
    The calling cat-bird builds her nest
        In spice-wood bushes dark and deep;
    Here raps the woodpecker his best,
        And here young rabbits leap.

    Tall butternuts and hickories,
    The pawpaw and persimmon trees,

 





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   The beech, the chestnut, and the oak,
Wall shadows huge, like ghosts of bees
   Through which gold sun-bits soak.

Here to pale melancholy moons.
In haunted nights of dreamy Junes,
   Wails wildly the weird whippoorwill,
Whose mournful and demonic tunes
   Wild woods with phantoms fill.


 








DEFICIENCY.



A H, God! were I away, away,
      By woodland-belted hills!
There might be more in Thy bright day
  Than my poor spirit thrills.

The elder coppice, banks of blooms,
  The spice-wood brush, the field
Of tumbled clover, and perfumes
  Hot, weedy pastures yield.

The old rail-fence whose angles hold
  Bright briar and sassafras,
Sweet priceless wild flowers blue and gold
  Starred through the moss and grass.

The ragged path that winds unto
  Lone cow-behaunted nooks,
Through brambles to the shade and dew
  Of rocks and woody brooks.

 






DEFZCIENC Y.



To see the minnows turn and gleam
  White sparkling bellies, all
Shoot in gray schools adown the stream
  Let but a dead leaf fall.

The buoyant pleasure and delight
  Of floating feathered seeds.
(-'apricious wanderers soft and white
  Born of silk-bearing weeds.

Ahl. God' were I away, away,
  Amiong wild woods and birds!
Thiere were more soul within Thy day
Than one might bless with words.



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HE WHO LOVES.



F     OR him God's birds each merry morn
      MNake of wild throats melodious flute.s
 To trill such love from brush and thorn
   As might brim eyes of brutes:
 Who would believe of such a thing,
 That 'tis her heart which makes them sing

 For him the faultless skies of noon
   Grow farther in eternal blue,
 As heavens that buoy the balanced moon,
   And sow the stars and dew:
 Who would believe that such deep skies
 Are miracles only through her eyes 

 For him mad sylphs adown domed nights
   Stud golden globules radiant,
 Or glass-green transient trails of lights
   Spin from their orbs and slant:
Who would believe a soul were hers
To make for him a universe 


 









THE MONASTERY CROFT.



                   I

B IG-STOMACHED, like friars
      Who ogle a nun,
Quaff deep to their bellies' desires
  From the old abbey's tun,
Grapes fatten with fires
Warm-filtered from moon and from sun.



As a novice who muses,-
  Lips a rosary tell,
While her thoughts are-a love she refuses 
-Nay! mourns as not well:
The ripe apple looses
Its holding to rot where it fell.


 










THE DRYAD.



I HAVE seen her limpid eyes
      Large with gradual laughter rise
  Through wild-roses' nettles,
Like twin blossoms grow and stare.
Then a hating, envious air
  Whisked them into petals.

I have seen her hardy cheek
Like a molten coral leak
  Through the leafage shaded
Of thick Chickasaws, and then,
\Vhen I made more sure, again
  To a red plum faded.

I have found her racy lips,
And her graceful finger-tips,
  But a haw and berry;
Glimmers of her there and here,
just, forsooth, enough to cheer
And to make me merry.

 





THE DR Y        YAD.



Often on the ferny rocks
Dazzling rimples of loose locks
  At me she hath shaken,
And I've followed-'twas in vain-
They had trickled into rain
  Sun-lit on the braken.

Once her full limbs flashed on me,
Naked where some royal tree
  Powdered all the spaces
With wan sunlight and quaint shade.
Such a haunt romance hath made
  For haun ched satyr-races.

There, I wot, hid amorous Pan,
For a sudden pleading ran
  Through the maze of myrtle,
Whiles a rapid violence tossed
All its flowerage,-'twas the lost
  Cooings of a turtle.



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"THE SWEET O' THE VEAR."



                     I

 H    OW  can I help from laughing while
      The daffodilies at me smile;
The tickled dew winks tipsily
In clusters of the lilac-tree;
The crocuses and hyacinths
Storm through the grassy labyrinths
A mirth of gold and violet;
  And roses, bud by bud,
Flash from each dainty-lacing net
  Red lips of maidenhood 

                    II

How can I help from singing when
The swallow and the hawk again
Are noisy in the hyaline
Of happy heavens clear as wine
The robin lustily and shrill

 






"THE SWVEET O' THE YEAR."



Pipes on the timber-bosomed hill;
And o'er the fallow skim the bold,
  Mad orioles that glow
Like shining shafts of ingot gold
  Shot from the morning's bow

                   [II

I-How can I help from loving, dear,
Since love is of the sweetened year
The very vermin feel her power,
And chip and chirrup hour by hour:
It is the grasshopper at noon,
The cricket's at it in the moon,
Whiles lizzards glitter in the dew,
  And l)ats be on the wing;
Such (lays of joy are short and few.
  Grant me thy love this spring.



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WITH THE SEASONS.



               I

Y     OU will not lo-e me, sweet.
"V17When this fair year is past;
Or love now at my feet
  At others' feet be cast.
You will not love me, sweet,
  When this fair year is past.

              11

Now 'tis the Springtide, dear,
  The crocus cups hold flame
Brimmed to the pregnant year.
  VWho crimsons as with shame.
Now 'tis the Springtide, dear,
  The crocus cups hold flame.

              III

Ah, heart, the Summer's queen,
At her brown throat one rose

 





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The poppies now are seen
  With seed-pods thrust in rows.
Dear heart, the Summer's queen,
  At her brown throat one rose.


             IV

Now Autumn reigns, a prince
  Fierce, gipsy-dark; live gold
Weighs down the fruited quince,
  The last chilled violet's told.
The Autumn reigns, a prince,
  A despot crowned with gold.


             V

Alas ! rude WVinter's king,
  Snow-driven from chin to head;
No wild birds pipe and sing,
The wild winds sing instead.
Ah me! rude Winter's king,
Snow-driven from chin to head.
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                     VI

       Weep now, you once who smiled,
         Sweet hope that had few fears!
       And this the end, my child !-
         Thyself, my shame and tears!
       Weep now, you once who smiled,
         Sweet hope, that had few fears!


 










UNATTAINABLE.



                I

W     HAT though the soul be tired
       For that to which 'twas fired,
The far, dear, still desired,
  Beyond the heaven's scope;
Beyond us and above us,
The thing we would have love us,
That will know nothing of us,
  But only bids us hope.

               II

It still behooves us ever
From loving ne'er to sever.
To love it though it never
  Reciprocate our care;
For love, when freely given,
Lets in soft hints of heaven
In memories that leaven
  Black humors of despair.

 





5NA2Ul TT7AZIVABLE.



            III

For in this life diurnal
All earthly, gross, infernal,
Conflicts with that eternal
  To make its love as lust;
To rot the fairest flower
Of thought which is a power,
All happiness to sour,
  And burn our eyes with dust.

             IV

Believe, some power higher
Breathes in us this desire
With purpose strange as fire,
  And soft though seeming hard;
Who to such starved endeavor
And wasted love, that never
Seems recompensed, forever
  Gives in His way reward.



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BEYOND.