The Great War

from The Volunteer and Other Poems, an electronic edition

Love and Humour.

WHEN first I saw you, in eclipse,

A veil about your head,

And wondered at those unseen lips

With wit bediamonded:

Then laughing down the street I went,

And sang upon my way, content.

Next time we met in dim surmise,

Upon an autumn morn,

And in those understanding eyes

Shone humour, rainbow-born:

So travelling through this earthly maze,

A greater light fell on my ways.

But, when I saw your head unveiled,

Feature, and form, and hue:

A woodland fairy, silver-mailed,

Lightwinged upon the dew:

Then did I pay a heavy cost,

For love, a world of laughter lost.