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´╗┐Title: Spirits in bondage; a cycle of lyrics
Author: Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963
Language: English
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SPIRITS IN BONDAGE

A CYCLE OF LYRICS

By Clive Hamilton [C. S. Lewis]



In Three Parts

     I.    The Prison House
     II.   Hesitation
     III.The Escape


          "The land where I shall never be
          The love that I shall never see"



Historical Background

Published under the pseudonym, Clive Hamilton, Spirits in Bondage was C.
S. Lewis' first book. Released in 1919 by Heinemann, it was reprinted in
1984 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and included in Lewis' 1994 Collected
Poems. It is the first of Lewis' major published works to enter the
public domain in the United States. Readers should be aware that in
other countries it may still be under copyright protection.

Most of the poems appear to have been written between 1915 and 1918, a
period during which Lewis was a student under W. T. Kirkpatrick, a
military trainee at Oxford, and a soldier serving in the trenches of
World War I. Their outlook varies from Romantic expressions of love for
the beauty and simplicity of nature to cynical statements about the
presence of evil in this world. In a September 12, 1918 letter to his
friend Arthur Greeves, Lewis said that his book was, "mainly strung
around the idea that I mentioned to you before--that nature is wholly
diabolical & malevolent and that God, if he exists, is outside of and in
opposition to the cosmic arrangements." In his cynical poems, Lewis is
dealing with the same questions about evil in nature that Alfred Lord
Tennyson explored from a position of troubled faith in "In Memoriam A.
H." (Stanzas 54f). In a letter written perhaps to reassure his father,
Lewis claimed, "You know who the God I blaspheme is and that it is not
the God that you or I worship, or any other Christian."

Whatever Lewis believed at that time, the attitude in many of these
poems is quite different from the attitude he expressed in his many
Christian books from the 1930s on. Attempts in movies and on stage plays
to portray Lewis as a sheltered professor who knew little about pain
until the death of his wife late in life, have to deal not only with the
many tragedies he experienced from a boy on, but also with the
disturbing issues he faced in many of these early poems.



Prologue

     As of old Phoenician men, to the Tin Isles sailing
     Straight against the sunset and the edges of the earth,
     Chaunted loud above the storm and the strange sea's wailing,
     Legends of their people and the land that gave them birth--
     Sang aloud to Baal-Peor, sang unto the horned maiden,
     Sang how they should come again with the Brethon treasure laden,
     Sang of all the pride and glory of their hardy enterprise,
     How they found the outer islands, where the unknown stars arise;
     And the rowers down below, rowing hard as they could row,
     Toiling at the stroke and feather through the wet and weary weather,
     Even they forgot their burden in the measure of a song,
     And the merchants and the masters and the bondsmen all together,
     Dreaming of the wondrous islands, brought the gallant ship along;
     So in mighty deeps alone on the chainless breezes blown
     In my coracle of verses I will sing of lands unknown,
     Flying from the scarlet city where a Lord that knows no pity,
     Mocks the broken people praying round his iron throne,
     Sing about the Hidden Country fresh and full of quiet green.
     Sailing over seas uncharted to a port that none has seen.



Part I  The Prison House



I. Satan Speaks

     I am Nature, the Mighty Mother,
     I am the law: ye have none other.

     I am the flower and the dewdrop fresh,
     I am the lust in your itching flesh.

     I am the battle's filth and strain,
     I am the widow's empty pain.

     I am the sea to smother your breath,
     I am the bomb, the falling death.

     I am the fact and the crushing reason
     To thwart your fantasy's new-born treason.

     I am the spider making her net,
     I am the beast with jaws blood-wet.

     I am a wolf that follows the sun
     And I will catch him ere day be done.



II. French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux)

     Long leagues on either hand the trenches spread
     And all is still; now even this gross line
     Drinks in the frosty silences divine
     The pale, green moon is riding overhead.

     The jaws of a sacked village, stark and grim;
     Out on the ridge have swallowed up the sun,
     And in one angry streak his blood has run
     To left and right along the horizon dim.

     There comes a buzzing plane: and now, it seems
     Flies straight into the moon. Lo! where he steers
     Across the pallid globe and surely nears
     In that white land some harbour of dear dreams!

     False mocking fancy! Once I too could dream,
     Who now can only see with vulgar eye
     That he's no nearer to the moon than I
     And she's a stone that catches the sun's beam.

     What call have I to dream of anything?
     I am a wolf. Back to the world again,
     And speech of fellow-brutes that once were men
     Our throats can bark for slaughter: cannot sing.



III. The Satyr

     When the flowery hands of spring
     Forth their woodland riches fling,
       Through the meadows, through the valleys
     Goes the satyr carolling.

     From the mountain and the moor,
     Forest green and ocean shore
       All the faerie kin he rallies
     Making music evermore.

     See! the shaggy pelt doth grow
     On his twisted shanks below,
       And his dreadful feet are cloven
     Though his brow be white as snow--

     Though his brow be clear and white
     And beneath it fancies bright,
       Wisdom and high thoughts are woven
     And the musics of delight,

     Though his temples too be fair
     Yet two horns are growing there
       Bursting forth to part asunder
     All the riches of his hair.

     Faerie maidens he may meet
     Fly the horns and cloven feet,
       But, his sad brown eyes with wonder
     Seeing-stay from their retreat.



IV. Victory

     Roland is dead, Cuchulain's crest is low,
     The battered war-rear wastes and turns to rust,
     And Helen's eyes and Iseult's lips are dust
     And dust the shoulders and the breasts of snow.

     The faerie people from our woods are gone,
     No Dryads have I found in all our trees,
     No Triton blows his horn about our seas
     And Arthur sleeps far hence in Avalon.

     The ancient songs they wither as the grass
     And waste as doth a garment waxen old,
     All poets have been fools who thought to mould
     A monument more durable than brass.

     For these decay: but not for that decays
     The yearning, high, rebellious spirit of man
     That never rested yet since life began
     From striving with red Nature and her ways.

     Now in the filth of war, the baresark shout
     Of battle, it is vexed. And yet so oft
     Out of the deeps, of old, it rose aloft
     That they who watch the ages may not doubt.

     Though often bruised, oft broken by the rod,
     Yet, like the phoenix, from each fiery bed
     Higher the stricken spirit lifts its head
     And higher-till the beast become a god.



V. Irish Nocturne

     Now the grey mist comes creeping up
     From the waste ocean's weedy strand
     And fills the valley, as a cup
     If filled of evil drink in a wizard's hand;
     And the trees fade out of sight,
     Like dreary ghosts unhealthily,
     Into the damp, pale night,
     Till you almost think that a clearer eye could see
     Some shape come up of a demon seeking apart
     His meat, as Grendel sought in Harte
     The thanes that sat by the wintry log--
     Grendel or the shadowy mass
     Of Balor, or the man with the face of clay,
     The grey, grey walker who used to pass
     Over the rock-arch nightly to his prey.
     But here at the dumb, slow stream where the willows hang,
     With never a wind to blow the mists apart,
     Bitter and bitter it is for thee. O my heart,
     Looking upon this land, where poets sang,
     Thus with the dreary shroud
     Unwholesome, over it spread,
     And knowing the fog and the cloud
     In her people's heart and head
     Even as it lies for ever upon her coasts
     Making them dim and dreamy lest her sons should ever arise
     And remember all their boasts;
     For I know that the colourless skies
     And the blurred horizons breed
     Lonely desire and many words and brooding and never a deed.



VI. Spooks

     Last night I dreamed that I was come again
     Unto the house where my beloved dwells
     After long years of wandering and pain.

     And I stood out beneath the drenching rain
     And all the street was bare, and black with night,
     But in my true love's house was warmth and light.

     Yet I could not draw near nor enter in,
     And long I wondered if some secret sin
     Or old, unhappy anger held me fast;

     Till suddenly it came into my head
     That I was killed long since and lying dead--
     Only a homeless wraith that way had passed.

     So thus I found my true love's house again
     And stood unseen amid the winter night
     And the lamp burned within, a rosy light,
     And the wet street was shining in the rain.



VII. Apology

     If men should ask, Despoina, why I tell
     Of nothing glad nor noble in my verse
     To lighten hearts beneath this present curse
     And build a heaven of dreams in real hell,

     Go you to them and speak among them thus:
     "There were no greater grief than to recall,
     Down in the rotting grave where the lithe worms crawl,
     Green fields above that smiled so sweet to us."

     Is it good to tell old tales of Troynovant
     Or praises of dead heroes, tried and sage,
     Or sing the queens of unforgotten age,
     Brynhild and Maeve and virgin Bradamant?

     How should I sing of them? Can it be good
     To think of glory now, when all is done,
     And all our labour underneath the sun
     Has brought us this-and not the thing we would?

     All these were rosy visions of the night,
     The loveliness and wisdom feigned of old.
     But now we wake. The East is pale and cold,
     No hope is in the dawn, and no delight.



VIII. Ode for New Year's Day

     Woe unto you, ye sons of pain that are this day in earth,
     Now cry for all your torment: now curse your hour of birth
     And the fathers who begat you to a portion nothing worth.
     And Thou, my own beloved, for as brave as ere thou art,
     Bow down thine head, Despoina, clasp thy pale arms over it,
     Lie low with fast-closed eyelids, clenched teeth, enduring heart,
     For sorrow on sorrow is coming wherein all flesh has part.
     The sky above is sickening, the clouds of God's hate cover it,
     Body and soul shall suffer beyond all word or thought,
     Till the pain and noisy terror that these first years have wrought
     Seem but the soft arising and prelude of the storm
     That fiercer still and heavier with sharper lightnings fraught
     Shall pour red wrath upon us over a world deform.

     Thrice happy, O Despoina, were the men who were alive
     In the great age and the golden age when still the cycle ran
     On upward curve and easily, for them both maid and man
     And beast and tree and spirit in the green earth could thrive.
     But now one age is ending, and God calls home the stars
     And looses the wheel of the ages and sends it spinning back
     Amid the death of nations, and points a downward track,
     And madness is come over us and great and little wars.
     He has not left one valley, one isle of fresh and green
     Where old friends could forgather amid the howling wreck.
     It's vainly we are praying. We cannot, cannot check
     The Power who slays and puts aside the beauty that has been.

     It's truth they tell, Despoina, none hears the heart's complaining
     For Nature will not pity, nor the red God lend an ear,
     Yet I too have been mad in the hour of bitter paining
     And lifted up my voice to God, thinking that he could hear
     The curse wherewith I cursed Him because the Good was dead.
     But lo! I am grown wiser, knowing that our own hearts
     Have made a phantom called the Good, while a few years have sped
     Over a little planet. And what should the great Lord know of it
     Who tosses the dust of chaos and gives the suns their parts?
     Hither and thither he moves them; for an hour we see the show of it:
     Only a little hour, and the life of the race is done.
     And here he builds a nebula, and there he slays a sun
     And works his own fierce pleasure. All things he shall fulfill,
     And O, my poor Despoina, do you think he ever hears
     The wail of hearts he has broken, the sound of human ill?
     He cares not for our virtues, our little hopes and fears,
     And how could it all go on, love, if he knew of laughter and tears?

     Ah, sweet, if a man could cheat him! If you could flee away
     Into some other country beyond the rosy West,
     To hide in the deep forests and be for ever at rest
     From the rankling hate of God and the outworn world's decay!



IX. Night

     After the fret and failure of this day,
     And weariness of thought, O Mother Night,
     Come with soft kiss to soothe our care away
     And all our little tumults set to right;
     Most pitiful of all death's kindred fair,
     Riding above us through the curtained air
     On thy dusk car, thou scatterest to the earth
     Sweet dreams and drowsy charms of tender might
     And lovers' dear delight before to-morrow's birth.
     Thus art thou wont thy quiet lands to leave
     And pillared courts beyond the Milky Way,
     Wherein thou tarriest all our solar day
     While unsubstantial dreams before thee weave
     A foamy dance, and fluttering fancies play
     About thy palace in the silver ray
     Of some far, moony globe. But when the hour,
     The long-expected comes, the ivory gates
     Open on noiseless hinge before thy bower
     Unbidden, and the jewelled chariot waits
     With magic steeds. Thou from the fronting rim
     Bending to urge them, whilst thy sea-dark hair
     Falls in ambrosial ripples o'er each limb,
     With beautiful pale arms, untrammelled, bare
     For horsemanship, to those twin chargers fleet
     Dost give full rein across the fires that glow
     In the wide floor of heaven, from off their feet
     Scattering the powdery star-dust as they go.
     Come swiftly down the sky, O Lady Night,
     Fall through the shadow-country, O most kind,
     Shake out thy strands of gentle dreams and light
     For chains, wherewith thou still art used to bind
     With tenderest love of careful leeches' art
     The bruised and weary heart
     In slumber blind.



X. To Sleep

     I will find out a place for thee, O Sleep--
     A hidden wood among the hill-tops green,
     Full of soft streams and little winds that creep
       The murmuring boughs between.

     A hollow cup above the ocean placed
     Where nothing rough, nor loud, nor harsh shall be,
     But woodland light and shadow interlaced
       And summer sky and sea.

     There in the fragrant twilight I will raise
     A secret altar of the rich sea sod,
     Whereat to offer sacrifice and praise
       Unto my lonely god:

     Due sacrifice of his own drowsy flowers,
     The deadening poppies in an ocean shell
     Round which through all forgotten days and hours
       The great seas wove their spell.

     So may he send me dreams of dear delight
     And draughts of cool oblivion, quenching pain,
     And sweet, half-wakeful moments in the night
       To hear the falling rain.

     And when he meets me at the dusk of day
     To call me home for ever, this I ask--
     That he may lead me friendly on that way
       And wear no frightful mask.



XI. In Prison

     I cried out for the pain of man,
     I cried out for my bitter wrath
     Against the hopeless life that ran
     For ever in a circling path
     From death to death since all began;
     Till on a summer night
     I lost my way in the pale starlight
     And saw our planet, far and small,
     Through endless depths of nothing fall
     A lonely pin-prick spark of light,
     Upon the wide, enfolding night,
     With leagues on leagues of stars above it,
     And powdered dust of stars below--
     Dead things that neither hate nor love it
     Not even their own loveliness can know,
     Being but cosmic dust and dead.
     And if some tears be shed,
     Some evil God have power,
     Some crown of sorrow sit
     Upon a little world for a little hour--
     Who shall remember? Who shall care for it?



XII. De Profundis

     Come let us curse our Master ere we die,
     For all our hopes in endless ruin lie.
     The good is dead. Let us curse God most High.

     Four thousand years of toil and hope and thought
     Wherein man laboured upward and still wrought
     New worlds and better, Thou hast made as naught.

     We built us joyful cities, strong and fair,
     Knowledge we sought and gathered wisdom rare.
     And all this time you laughed upon our care,

     And suddenly the earth grew black with wrong,
     Our hope was crushed and silenced was our song,
     The heaven grew loud with weeping. Thou art strong.

     Come then and curse the Lord. Over the earth
     Gross darkness falls, and evil was our birth
     And our few happy days of little worth.

     Even if it be not all a dream in vain
     The ancient hope that still will rise again--
     Of a just God that cares for earthly pain,

     Yet far away beyond our labouring night,
     He wanders in the depths of endless light,
     Singing alone his musics of delight;

     Only the far, spent echo of his song
     Our dungeons and deep cells can smite along,
     And Thou art nearer. Thou art very strong.

     O universal strength, I know it well,
     It is but froth of folly to rebel;
     For thou art Lord and hast the keys of Hell.

     Yet I will not bow down to thee nor love thee,
     For looking in my own heart I can prove thee,
     And know this frail, bruised being is above thee.

     Our love, our hope, our thirsting for the right,
     Our mercy and long seeking of the light,
     Shall we change these for thy relentless might?

     Laugh then and slay. Shatter all things of worth,
     Heap torment still on torment for thy mirth--
     Thou art not Lord while there are Men on earth.



XIII. Satan Speaks

     I am the Lord your God: even he that made
     Material things, and all these signs arrayed
     Above you and have set beneath the race
     Of mankind, who forget their Father's face
     And even while they drink my light of day
     Dream of some other gods and disobey
     My warnings, and despise my holy laws,
     Even tho' their sin shall slay them. For which cause,
     Dreams dreamed in vain, a never-filled desire
     And in close flesh a spiritual fire,
     A thirst for good their kind shall not attain,
     A backward cleaving to the beast again.
     A loathing for the life that I have given,
     A haunted, twisted soul for ever riven
     Between their will and mine-such lot I give
     White still in my despite the vermin live.
     They hate my world! Then let that other God
     Come from the outer spaces glory-shod,
     And from this castle I have built on Night
     Steal forth my own thought's children into light,
     If such an one there be. But far away
     He walks the airy fields of endless day,
     And my rebellious sons have called Him long
     And vainly called. My order still is strong
     And like to me nor second none I know.
     Whither the mammoth went this creature too shall go.



XIV. The Witch

     Trapped amid the woods with guile
     They've led her bound in fetters vile
     To death, a deadlier sorceress
     Than any born for earth's distress
     Since first the winner of the fleece
     Bore home the Colchian witch to Greece--
     Seven months with snare and gin
     They've sought the maid o'erwise within
     The forest's labyrinthine shade.
     The lonely woodman half afraid
     Far off her ragged form has seen
     Sauntering down the alleys green,
     Or crouched in godless prayer alone
     At eve before a Druid stone.
     But now the bitter chase is won,
     The quarry's caught, her magic's done,
     The bishop's brought her strongest spell
     To naught with candle, book, and bell;
     With holy water splashed upon her,
     She goes to burning and dishonour
     Too deeply damned to feel her shame,
     For, though beneath her hair of flame
     Her thoughtful head be lowly bowed
     It droops for meditation proud
     Impenitent, and pondering yet
     Things no memory can forget,
     Starry wonders she has seen
     Brooding in the wildwood green
     With holiness. For who can say
     In what strange crew she loved to play,
     What demons or what gods of old
     Deep mysteries unto her have told
     At dead of night in worship bent
     At ruined shrines magnificent,
     Or how the quivering will she sent
     Alone into the great alone
     Where all is loved and all is known,
     Who now lifts up her maiden eyes
     And looks around with soft surprise
     Upon the noisy, crowded square,
     The city oafs that nod and stare,
     The bishop's court that gathers there,
     The faggots and the blackened stake
     Where sinners die for justice' sake?
     Now she is set upon the pile,
     The mob grows still a little while,
     Till lo! before the eager folk
     Up curls a thin, blue line of smoke.
     "Alas!" the full-fed burghers cry,
     "That evil loveliness must die!"



XV. Dungeon Grates

     So piteously the lonely soul of man
     Shudders before this universal plan,
     So grievous is the burden and the pain,
     So heavy weighs the long, material chain
     From cause to cause, too merciless for hate,
     The nightmare march of unrelenting fate,
     I think that he must die thereof unless
     Ever and again across the dreariness
     There came a sudden glimpse of spirit faces,
     A fragrant breath to tell of flowery places
     And wider oceans, breaking on the shore
     From which the hearts of men are always sore.
     It lies beyond endeavour; neither prayer
     Nor fasting, nor much wisdom winneth there,
     Seeing how many prophets and wise men
     Have sought for it and still returned again
     With hope undone. But only the strange power
     Of unsought Beauty in some casual hour
     Can build a bridge of light or sound or form
     To lead you out of all this strife and storm;
     When of some beauty we are grown a part
     Till from its very glory's midmost heart
     Out leaps a sudden beam of larger light
     Into our souls. All things are seen aright
     Amid the blinding pillar of its gold,
     Seven times more true than what for truth we hold
     In vulgar hours. The miracle is done
     And for one little moment we are one
     With the eternal stream of loveliness
     That flows so calm, aloft from all distress
     Yet leaps and lives around us as a fire
     Making us faint with overstrong desire
     To sport and swim for ever in its deep--
     Only a moment.
                           O! but we shall keep
     Our vision still. One moment was enough,
     We know we are not made of mortal stuff.
     And we can bear all trials that come after,
     The hate of men and the fool's loud bestial laughter
     And Nature's rule and cruelties unclean,
     For we have seen the Glory-we have seen.



XVI. The Philosopher

     Who shall be our prophet then,
     Chosen from all the sons of men
     To lead his fellows on the way
     Of hidden knowledge, delving deep
     To nameless mysteries that keep
     Their secret from the solar day!
     Or who shall pierce with surer eye!
     This shifting veil of bittersweet
     And find the real things that lie
     Beyond this turmoil, which we greet
     With such a wasted wealth of tears?
     Who shall cross over for us the bridge of fears
     And pass in to the country where the ancient Mothers dwell?
     Is it an elder, bent and hoar
     Who, where the waste Atlantic swell
     On lonely beaches makes its roar,
     In his solitary tower
     Through the long night hour by hour
     Pores on old books with watery eye
     When all his youth has passed him by,
     And folly is schooled and love is dead
     And frozen fancy laid abed,
     While in his veins the gradual blood
     Slackens to a marish flood?
     For he rejoiceth not in the ocean's might,
     Neither the sun giveth delight,
     Nor the moon by night
     Shall call his feet to wander in the haunted forest lawn.
     He shall no more rise suddenly in the dawn
     When mists are white and the dew lies pearly
     Cold and cold on every meadow,
     To take his joy of the season early,
     The opening flower and the westward shadow,
     And scarcely can he dream of laughter and love,
     They lie so many leaden years behind.
     Such eyes are dim and blind,
     And the sad, aching head that nods above
     His monstrous books can never know
     The secret we would find.
     But let our seer be young and kind
     And fresh and beautiful of show,
     And taken ere the lustyhead
     And rapture of his youth be dead;
     Ere the gnawing, peasant reason
     School him over-deep in treason
     To the ancient high estate
     Of his fancy's principate,
     That he may live a perfect whole,
     A mask of the eternal soul,
     And cross at last the shadowy bar
     To where the ever-living are.



XVII. The Ocean Strand

     O leave the labouring roadways of the town,
     The shifting faces and the changeful hue
     Of markets, and broad echoing streets that drown
     The heart's own silent music. Though they too
     Sing in their proper rhythm, and still delight
     The friendly ear that loves warm human kind,
     Yet it is good to leave them all behind,
     Now when from lily dawn to purple night
     Summer is queen,
     Summer is queen in all the happy land.
     Far, far away among the valleys green
     Let us go forth and wander hand in hand
     Beyond those solemn hills that we have seen
     So often welcome home the falling sun
     Into their cloudy peaks when day was done--
     Beyond them till we find the ocean strand
     And hear the great waves run,
     With the waste song whose melodies I'd follow
     And weary not for many a summer day,
     Born of the vaulted breakers arching hollow
     Before they flash and scatter into spray,
     On, if we should be weary of their play
     Then I would lead you further into land
     Where, with their ragged walls, the stately rocks
     Shunt in smooth courts and paved with quiet sand
     To silence dedicate. The sea-god's flocks
     Have rested here, and mortal eyes have seen
     By great adventure at the dead of noon
     A lonely nereid drowsing half a-swoon
     Buried beneath her dark and dripping locks.



XVIII. Noon

     Noon! and in the garden bower
     The hot air quivers o'er the grass,
     The little lake is smooth as glass
     And still so heavily the hour
     Drags, that scarce the proudest flower
     Pressed upon its burning bed
     Has strength to lift a languid head:--
     Rose and fainting violet
     By the water's margin set
     Swoon and sink as they were dead
     Though their weary leaves be fed
     With the foam-drops of the pool
     Where it trembles dark and cool
     Wrinkled by the fountain spraying
     O'er it. And the honey-bee
     Hums his drowsy melody
     And wanders in his course a-straying
     Through the sweet and tangled glade
     With his golden mead o'erladen,
     Where beneath the pleasant shade
     Of the darkling boughs a maiden--
     Milky limb and fiery tress,
     All at sweetest random laid--
     Slumbers, drunken with the excess
     Of the noontide's loveliness.



XIX. Milton Read Again (In Surrey)

     Three golden months while summer on us stole
     I have read your joyful tale another time,
     Breathing more freely in that larger clime
     And learning wiselier to deserve the whole.

     Your Spirit, Master, has been close at hand
     And guided me, still pointing treasures rare,
     Thick-sown where I before saw nothing fair
     And finding waters in the barren land,

     Barren once thought because my eyes were dim.
     Like one I am grown to whom the common field
     And often-wandered copse one morning yield
     New pleasures suddenly; for over him

     Falls the weird spirit of unexplained delight,
     New mystery in every shady place,
     In every whispering tree a nameless grace,
     New rapture on the windy seaward height.

     So may she come to me, teaching me well
     To savour all these sweets that lie to hand
     In wood and lane about this pleasant land
     Though it be not the land where I would dwell.

     .
     XX. Sonnet

     The stars come out; the fragrant shadows fall
     About a dreaming garden still and sweet,
     I hear the unseen bats above me bleat
     Among the ghostly moths their hunting call,
     And twinkling glow-worms all about me crawl.
     Now for a chamber dim, a pillow meet
     For slumbers deep as death, a faultless sheet,
     Cool, white and smooth. So may I reach the hall
     With poppies strewn where sleep that is so dear
     With magic sponge can wipe away an hour
     Or twelve and make them naught. Why not a year,
     Why could a man not loiter in that bower
     Until a thousand painless cycles wore,
     And then-what if it held him evermore?



XXI. The Autumn Morning

     See! the pale autumn dawn
     Is faint, upon the lawn
       That lies in powdered white
           Of hoar-frost dight

     And now from tree to tree
     The ghostly mist we see
       Hung like a silver pall
           To hallow all.

     It wreathes the burdened air
     So strangely everywhere
       That I could almost fear
           This silence drear

     Where no one song-bird sings
     And dream that wizard things
       Mighty for hate or love
           Were close above.

     White as the fog and fair
     Drifting through the middle air
       In magic dances dread
           Over my head.

     Yet these should know me too
     Lover and bondman true,
       One that has honoured well
           The mystic spell

     Of earth's most solemn hours
     Wherein the ancient powers
       Of dryad, elf, or faun
           Or leprechaun

     Oft have their faces shown
     To me that walked alone
       Seashore or haunted fen
           Or mountain glen

     Wherefore I will not fear
     To walk the woodlands sere
       Into this autumn day
           Far, far away.



Part II  Hesitation

     XXII. L'Apprenti Sorcier

     Suddenly there came to me
     The music of a mighty sea
     That on a bare and iron shore
     Thundered with a deeper roar
     Than all the tides that leap and run
     With us below the real sun:
     Because the place was far away,
     Above, beyond our homely day,
     Neighbouring close the frozen clime
     Where out of all the woods of time,
     Amid the frightful seraphim
     The fierce, cold eyes of Godhead gleam,
     Revolving hate and misery
     And wars and famines yet to be.
     And in my dreams I stood alone
     Upon a shelf of weedy stone,
     And saw before my shrinking eyes
     The dark, enormous breakers rise,
     And hover and fall with deafening thunder
     Of thwarted foam that echoed under
     The ledge, through many a cavern drear,
     With hollow sounds of wintry fear.
     And through the waters waste and grey,
     Thick-strown for many a league away,
     Out of the toiling sea arose
     Many a face and form of those
     Thin, elemental people dear
     Who live beyond our heavy sphere.
     And all at once from far and near,
     They all held out their arms to me,
     Crying in their melody,
     "Leap in! Leap in and take thy fill
     Of all the cosmic good and ill,
     Be as the Living ones that know
     Enormous joy, enormous woe,
     Pain beyond thought and fiery bliss:
     For all thy study hunted this,
     On wings of magic to arise,
     And wash from off thy filmed eyes
     The cloud of cold mortality,
     To find the real life and be
     As are the children of the deep!
     Be bold and dare the glorious leap,
     Or to thy shame, go, slink again
     Back to the narrow ways of men."
     So all these mocked me as I stood
     Striving to wake because I feared the flood.



XXIII. Alexandrines

     There is a house that most of all on earth I hate.
     Though I have passed through many sorrows and have been
     In bloody fields, sad seas, and countries desolate,
     Yet most I fear that empty house where the grasses green
     Grow in the silent court the gaping flags between,
     And down the moss-grown paths and terrace no man treads
     Where the old, old weeds rise deep on the waste garden beds.
     Like eyes of one long dead the empty windows stare
     And I fear to cross the garden, I fear to linger there,
     For in that house I know a little, silent room
     Where Someone's always waiting, waiting in the gloom
     To draw me with an evil eye, and hold me fast--
     Yet thither doom will drive me and He will win at last.



XXIV. In Praise of Solid People

     Thank God that there are solid folk
     Who water flowers and roll the lawn,
     And sit an sew and talk and smoke,
     And snore all through the summer dawn.

     Who pass untroubled nights and days
     Full-fed and sleepily content,
     Rejoicing in each other's praise,
     Respectable and innocent.

     Who feel the things that all men feel,
     And think in well-worn grooves of thought,
     Whose honest spirits never reel
     Before man's mystery, overwrought.

     Yet not unfaithful nor unkind,
     with work-day virtues surely staid,
     Theirs is the sane and humble mind,
     And dull affections undismayed.

     O happy people! I have seen
     No verse yet written in your praise,
     And, truth to tell, the time has been
     I would have scorned your easy ways.

     But now thro' weariness and strife
     I learn your worthiness indeed,
     The world is better for such life
     As stout suburban people lead.

     Too often have I sat alone
     When the wet night falls heavily,
     And fretting winds around me moan,
     And homeless longing vexes me

     For lore that I shall never know,
     And visions none can hope to see,
     Till brooding works upon me so
     A childish fear steals over me.

     I look around the empty room,
     The clock still ticking in its place,
     And all else silent as the tomb,
     Till suddenly, I think, a face

     Grows from the darkness just beside.
     I turn, and lo! it fades away,
     And soon another phantom tide
     Of shifting dreams begins to play,

     And dusky galleys past me sail,
     Full freighted on a faerie sea;
     I hear the silken merchants hail
     Across the ringing waves to me

     --Then suddenly, again, the room,
     Familiar books about me piled,
     And I alone amid the gloom,
     By one more mocking dream beguiled.

     And still no neared to the Light,
     And still no further from myself,
     Alone and lost in clinging night--
     (The clock's still ticking on the shelf).

     Then do I envy solid folk
     Who sit of evenings by the fire,
     After their work and doze and smoke,
     And are not fretted by desire.



Part III  The Escape

     XXV. Song of the Pilgrims

     O Dwellers at the back of the North Wind,
     What have we done to you? How have we sinned
     Wandering the Earth from Orkney unto Ind?

     With many deaths our fellowship is thinned,
     Our flesh is withered in the parching wind,
     Wandering the earth from Orkney unto Ind.

     We have no rest. We cannot turn again
     Back to the world and all her fruitless pain,
     Having once sought the land where ye remain.

     Some say ye are not. But, ah God! we know
     That somewhere, somewhere past the Northern snow
     Waiting for us the red-rose gardens blow:

     --The red-rose and the white-rose gardens blow
     In the green Northern land to which we go,
     Surely the ways are long and the years are slow.

     We have forsaken all things sweet and fair,
     We have found nothing worth a moment's care
     Because the real flowers are blowing there.

     Land of the Lotus fallen from the sun,
     Land of the Lake from whence all rivers run,
     Land where the hope of all our dreams is won!

     Shall we not somewhere see at close of day
     The green walls of that country far away,
     And hear the music of her fountains play?

     So long we have been wandering all this while
     By many a perilous sea and drifting isle,
     We scarce shall dare to look thereon and smile.

     Yea, when we are drawing very near to thee,
     And when at last the ivory port we see
     Our hearts will faint with mere felicity:

     But we shall wake again in gardens bright
     Of green and gold for infinite delight,
     Sleeping beneath the solemn mountains white,
     While from the flowery copses still unseen
     Sing out the crooning birds that ne'er have been
     Touched by the hand of winter frore and lean;

     And ever living queens that grow not old
     And poets wise in robes of faerie gold
     Whisper a wild, sweet song that first was told

     Ere God sat down to make the Milky Way.
     And in those gardens we shall sleep and play
     For ever and for ever and a day.

     Ah, Dwellers at the back of the North Wind,
     What have we done to you? How have we sinned,
     That yes should hide beyond the Northern wind?

     Land of the Lotus, fallen from the Sun,
     When shall your hidden, flowery vales be won
     And all the travail of our way be done?

     Very far we have searched; we have even seen
     The Scythian waste that bears no soft nor green,
     And near the Hideous Pass our feet have been.

     We have heard Syrens singing all night long
     Beneath the unknown stars their lonely song
     In friendless seas beyond the Pillars strong.

     Nor by the dragon-daughter of Hypocras
     Nor the vale of the Devil's head we have feared to pass,
     Yet is our labour lost and vain, alas!

     Scouring the earth from Orkney unto Ind,
     Tossed on the seas and withered in the wind,
     We seek and seek your land. How have we sinned?

     Or is it all a folly of the wise,
     Bidding us walk these ways with blinded eyes
     While all around us real flowers arise?

     But, by the very God, we know, we know
     That somewhere still, beyond the Northern snow
     Waiting for us the red-rose gardens blow.



XXVI. Song

     Faeries must be in the woods
     Or the satyrs' laughing broods--
     Tritons in the summer sea,
     Else how could the dead things be
     Half so lovely as they are?
     How could wealth of star on star
     Dusted o'er the frosty night
     Fill thy spirit with delight
     And lead thee from this care of thine
     Up among the dreams divine,
     Were it not that each and all
     Of them that walk the heavenly hall
     Is in truth a happy isle,
     Where eternal meadows smile,
     And golden globes of fruit are seen
     Twinkling through the orchards green;
     Were the Other People go
     On the bright sward to and fro?
     Atoms dead could never thus
     Stir the human heart of us
     Unless the beauty that we see
     The veil of endless beauty be,
     Filled full of spirits that have trod
     Far hence along the heavenly sod
     And see the bright footprints of God.



XXVII. The Ass

     I woke and rose and slipt away
     To the heathery hills in the morning grey.

     In a field where the dew lay cold and deep
     I met an ass, new-roused from sleep.

     I stroked his nose and I tickled his ears,
     And spoke soft words to quiet his fears.

     His eyes stared into the eyes of me
     And he kissed my hands of his courtesy.

     "O big, brown brother out of the waste,
     How do thistles for breakfast taste?

     "And do you rejoice in the dawn divine
     With a heart that is glad no less than mine?

     "For, brother, the depth of your gentle eyes
     Is strange and mystic as the skies:

     "What are the thoughts that grope behind,
     Down in the mist of a donkey mind?

     "Can it be true, as the wise men tell,
     That you are a mask of God as well,

     "And, as in us, so in you no less
     Speaks the eternal Loveliness,

     "And words of the lips that all things know
     Among the thoughts of a donkey go?

     "However it be, O four-foot brother,
     Fair to-day is the earth, our mother.

     "God send you peace and delight thereof,
     And all green meat of the waste you love,

     "And guard you well from violent men
     Who'd put you back in the shafts again."

     But the ass had far too wise a head
     To answer one of the things I said,

     So he twitched his fair ears up and down
     And turned to nuzzle his shoulder brown.



XXVIII. Ballade Mystique

     The big, red-house is bare and lone
     The stony garden waste and sere
     With blight of breezes ocean blown
     To pinch the wakening of the year;
     My kindly friends with busy cheer
     My wretchedness could plainly show.
     They tell me I am lonely here--
     What do they know? What do they know?

     They think that while the gables moan
     And easements creak in winter drear
     I should be piteously alone
     Without the speech of comrades dear;
     And friendly for my sake they fear,
     It grieves them thinking of me so
     While all their happy life is near--
     What do they know? What do they know?

     That I have seen the Dagda's throne
     In sunny lands without a tear
     And found a forest all my own
     To ward with magic shield and spear,
     Where, through the stately towers I rear
     For my desire, around me go
     Immortal shapes of beauty clear:
     They do not know, they do not know.

     L'Envoi

     The friends I have without a peer
     Beyond the western ocean's glow,
     Whither the faerie galleys steer,
     They do not know: how should they know?



XXIX. Night

     I know a little Druid wood
     Where I would slumber if I could
     And have the murmuring of the stream
     To mingle with a midnight dream,
     And have the holy hazel trees
     To play above me in the breeze,
     And smell the thorny eglantine;
     For there the white owls all night long
     In the scented gloom divine
     Hear the wild, strange, tuneless song
     Of faerie voices, thin and high
     As the bat's unearthly cry,
     And the measure of their shoon
     Dancing, dancing, under the moon,
     Until, amid the pale of dawn
     The wandering stars begin to swoon. . . .
     Ah, leave the world and come away!

     The windy folk are in the glade,
     And men have seen their revels, laid
     In secret on some flowery lawn
     Underneath the beechen covers,
     Kings of old, I've heard them say,
     Here have found them faerie lovers
     That charmed them out of life and kissed
     Their lips with cold lips unafraid,
     And such a spell around them made
     That they have passed beyond the mist
     And found the Country-under-wave. . . .

     Kings of old, whom none could save!



XXX. Oxford

     It is well that there are palaces of peace
     And discipline and dreaming and desire,
     Lest we forget our heritage and cease
     The Spirit's work-to hunger and aspire:

     Lest we forget that we were born divine,
     Now tangled in red battle's animal net,
     Murder the work and lust the anodyne,
     Pains of the beast 'gainst bestial solace set.

     But this shall never be: to us remains
     One city that has nothing of the beast,
     That was not built for gross, material gains,
     Sharp, wolfish power or empire's glutted feast.

     We are not wholly brute. To us remains
     A clean, sweet city lulled by ancient streams,
     A place of visions and of loosening chains,
     A refuge of the elect, a tower of dreams.

     She was not builded out of common stone
     But out of all men's yearning and all prayer
     That she might live, eternally our own,
     The Spirit's stronghold-barred against despair.



XXXI. Hymn (For Boys' Voices)

     All the things magicians do
     Could be done by me and you
     Freely, if we only knew.

     Human children every day
     Could play at games the faeries play
     If they were but shown the way.

     Every man a God would be
     Laughing through eternity
     If as God's his eyes could see.

     All the wizardries of God--
     Slaying matter with a nod,
     Charming spirits with his rod,

     With the singing of his voice
     Making lonely lands rejoice,
     Leaving us no will nor choice,

     Drawing headlong me and you
     As the piping Orpheus drew
     Man and beast the mountains through,

     By the sweetness of his horn
     Calling us from lands forlorn
     Nearer to the widening morn--

     All that loveliness of power
     Could be man's peculiar dower,
     Even mine, this very hour;

     We should reach the Hidden Land
     And grow immortal out of hand,
     If we could but understand!

     We could revel day and night
     In all power and all delight
     If we learn to think aright.



XXXII. "Our Daily Bread"

     We need no barbarous words nor solemn spell
     To raise the unknown. It lies before our feet;
     There have been men who sank down into Hell
       In some suburban street,

     And some there are that in their daily walks
     Have met archangels fresh from sight of God,
     Or watched how in their beans and cabbage-stalks
       Long files of faerie trod.

     Often me too the Living voices call
     In many a vulgar and habitual place,
     I catch a sight of lands beyond the wall,
       I see a strange god's face.

     And some day this work will work upon me so
     I shall arise and leave both friends and home
     And over many lands a pilgrim go
       Through alien woods and foam,

     Seeking the last steep edges of the earth
     Whence I may leap into that gulf of light
     Wherein, before my narrowing Self had birth,
       Part of me lived aright.



XXXIII. How He Saw Angus the God

     I heard the swallow sing in the eaves and rose
     All in a strange delight while others slept,
     And down the creaking stair, alone, tip-toes,
       So carefully I crept.

     The house was dark with silly blinds yet drawn,
     But outside the clean air was filled with light,
     And underneath my feet the cold, wet lawn
       With dew was twinkling bright.

     The cobwebs hung from every branch and spray
     Gleaming with pearly strands of laden thread,
     And long and still the morning shadows lay
       Across the meadows spread.

     At that pure hour when yet no sound of man,
     Stirs in the whiteness of the wakening earth,
     Alone through innocent solitudes I ran
       Singing aloud for mirth.

     Till I had found the open mountain heath
     Yellow with gorse, and rested there and stood
     To gaze upon the misty sea beneath,
       Or on the neighbouring wood,

     --That little wood of hazel and tall pine
     And youngling fir, where oft we have loved to see
     The level beams of early morning shine
       Freshly from tree to tree.

     Through the denser wood there's many a pool
     Of deep and night-born shadow lingers yet
     Where the new-wakened flowers are damp and cool
       And the long grass is wet.

     In the sweet heather long I rested there
     Looking upon the dappled, early sky,
     When suddenly, from out the shining air
       A god came flashing by.

     Swift, naked, eager, pitilessly fair,
     With a live crown of birds about his head,
     Singing and fluttering, and his fiery hair,
       Far out behind him spread,

     Streamed like a rippling torch upon the breeze
     Of his own glorious swiftness: in the grass
     He bruised no feathery stalk, and through the trees
       I saw his whiteness pass.

     But when I followed him beyond the wood,
     Lo! He was changed into a solemn bull
     That there upon the open pasture stood
       And browsed his lazy full.



XXXIV. The Roads

     I stand on the windy uplands among the hills of Down
     With all the world spread out beneath, meadow and sea and town,
     And ploughlands on the far-off hills that glow with friendly brown.

     And ever across the rolling land to the far horizon line,
     Where the blue hills border the misty west, I see the white roads twine,
     The rare roads and the fair roads that call this heart of mine.

     I see them dip in the valleys and vanish and rise and bend
     From shadowy dell to windswept fell, and still to the West they wend,
     And over the cold blue ridge at last to the great world's uttermost end.

     And the call of the roads is upon me, a desire in my spirit has grown
     To wander forth in the highways, 'twixt earth and sky alone,
     And seek for the lands no foot has trod and the seas no sail has known:

     For the lands to the west of the evening and east of the morning's birth,
     Where the gods unseen in their valleys green are glad at the ends of the earth
     And fear no morrow to bring them sorrow, nor night to quench their mirth.



XXXV. Hesperus

     Through the starry hollow
     Of the summer night
     I would follow, follow
     Hesperus the bright,
     To seek beyond the western wave
     His garden of delight.

     Hesperus the fairest
     Of all gods that are,
     Peace and dreams thou bearest
     In thy shadowy car,
     And often in my evening walks
     I've blessed thee from afar.

     Stars without number,
     Dust the noon of night,
     Thou the early slumber
     And the still delight
     Of the gentle twilit hours
     Rulest in thy right.

     When the pale skies shiver,
     Seeing night is done,
     Past the ocean-river,
     Lightly thou dost run,
     To look for pleasant, sleepy lands,
     That never fear the sun.

     Where, beyond the waters
     Of the outer sea,
     Thy triple crown of daughters
     That guards the golden tree
     Sing out across the lonely tide
     A welcome home to thee.

     And while the old, old dragon
     For joy lifts up his head,
     They bring thee forth a flagon
     Of nectar foaming red,
     And underneath the drowsy trees
     Of poppies strew thy bed.

     Ah! that I could follow
     In thy footsteps bright,
     Through the starry hollow
     Of the summer night,
     Sloping down the western ways
     To find my heart's delight!



XXXVI. The Star Bath

     A place uplifted towards the midnight sky
     Far, far away among the mountains old,
     A treeless waste of rocks and freezing cold,
     Where the dead, cheerless moon rode neighbouring by--
     And in the midst a silent tarn there lay,
     A narrow pool, cold as the tide that flows
     Where monstrous bergs beyond Varanger stray,
     Rising from sunless depths that no man knows;
     Thither as clustering fireflies have I seen
     At fixed seasons all the stars come down
     To wash in that cold wave their brightness clean
     And win the special fire wherewith they crown
     The wintry heavens in frost. Even as a flock
     Of falling birds, down to the pool they came.
     I saw them and I heard the icy shock
     Of stars engulfed with hissing of faint flame--
     Ages ago before the birth of men
     Or earliest beast. Yet I was still the same
     That now remember, knowing not where or when.



XXXVII. Tu Ne Quaesieris

     For all the lore of Lodge and Myers
     I cannot heal my torn desires,
     Nor hope for all that man can speer
     To make the riddling earth grow clear.
     Though it were sure and proven well
     That I shall prosper, as they tell,
     In fields beneath a different sun
     By shores where other oceans run,
     When this live body that was I
     Lies hidden from the cheerful sky,
     Yet what were endless lives to me
     If still my narrow self I be
     And hope and fail and struggle still,
     And break my will against God's will,
     To play for stakes of pleasure and pain
     And hope and fail and hope again,
     Deluded, thwarted, striving elf
     That through the window of my self
     As through a dark glass scarce can see
     A warped and masked reality?
     But when this searching thought of mine
     Is mingled in the large Divine,
     And laughter that was in my mouth
     Runs through the breezes of the South,
     When glory I have built in dreams
     Along some fiery sunset gleams,
     And my dead sin and foolishness
     Grow one with Nature's whole distress,
     To perfect being I shall win,
     And where I end will Life begin.



XXXVIII. Lullaby

     Lullaby! Lullaby!
     There's a tower strong and high
     Built of oak and brick and stone,
     Stands before a wood alone.
     The doors are of the oak so brown
     As any ale in Oxford town,
     The walls are builded warm and thick
     Of the old red Roman brick,
     The good grey stone is over all
     In arch and floor of the tower tall.
     And maidens three are living there
     All in the upper chamber fair,
     Hung with silver, hung with pall,
     And stories painted on the wall.
     And softly goes the whirring loom
     In my ladies' upper room,
     For they shall spin both night and day
     Until the stars do pass away.
     But every night at evening.
     The window open wide they fling,
     And one of them says a word they know
     And out as three white swans they go,
     And the murmuring of the woods is drowned
     In the soft wings' whirring sound,
     As they go flying round, around,
     Singing in swans' voices high
     A lonely, lovely lullaby.



XXXIX. World's Desire

     Love, there is a castle built in a country desolate,
     On a rock above a forest where the trees are grim and great,
     Blasted with the lightning sharp-giant boulders strewn between,
     And the mountains rise above, and the cold ravine
     Echoes to the crushing roar and thunder of a mighty river
     Raging down a cataract. Very tower and forest quiver
     And the grey wolves are afraid and the call of birds is drowned,
     And the thought and speech of man in the boiling water's sound.
     But upon the further side of the barren, sharp ravine
     With the sunlight on its turrets is the castle seen,
     Calm and very wonderful, white above the green
     Of the wet and waving forest, slanted all away,
     Because the driving Northern wind will not rest by night or day.
     Yet the towers are sure above, very mighty is the stead,
     The gates are made of ivory, the roofs of copper red.

     Round and round the warders grave walk upon the walls for ever
     And the wakeful dragons couch in the ports of ivory,
     Nothing is can trouble it, hate of the gods nor man's endeavour,
     And it shall be a resting-place, dear heart, for you and me.

     Through the wet and waving forest with an age-old sorrow laden
     Singing of the world's regret wanders wild the faerie maiden,
     Through the thistle and the brier, through the tangles of the thorn,
     Till her eyes be dim with weeping and her homeless feet are torn.

     Often to the castle gate up she looks with vain endeavour,
     For her soulless loveliness to the castle winneth never.

     But within the sacred court, hidden high upon the mountain,
     Wandering in the castle gardens lovely folk enough there be,
     Breathing in another air, drinking of a purer fountain
     And among that folk, beloved, there's a place for you and me.



XL. Death in Battle

     Open the gates for me,
     Open the gates of the peaceful castle, rosy in the West,
     In the sweet dim Isle of Apples over the wide sea's breast,

     Open the gates for me!

     Sorely pressed have I been
     And driven and hurt beyond bearing this summer day,
     But the heat and the pain together suddenly fall away,
     All's cool and green.

     But a moment agone,
     Among men cursing in fight and toiling, blinded I fought,
     But the labour passed on a sudden even as a passing thought,

     And now-alone!

     Ah, to be ever alone,
     In flowery valleys among the mountains and silent wastes untrod,
     In the dewy upland places, in the garden of God,
     This would atone!

     I shall not see
     The brutal, crowded faces around me, that in their toil have grown
     Into the faces of devils-yea, even as my own--
     When I find thee,

     O Country of Dreams!
     Beyond the tide of the ocean, hidden and sunk away,
     Out of the sound of battles, near to the end of day,
     Full of dim woods and streams.





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