The Great War

from War: an Ode And Other Poems, an electronic edition

The Isle of Song

WAN Memories, with patient widow faces,

Looked calmly backwards thro' the withered years,

And smiled to find, like dew, in distant places,

Forgotten tears.

And in the shadowy grove of cypress-trees,

With ashes on their garments and their hair,

I found a crowd of Sorrows on their knees

Before Despair.

Also, I saw a Dream with misty face,

And heavy languid eyelids lily-white,

Who made a mockery of Time and Space

By day and night.

And Hope I met, with eyes so blue and blind

They could discern the fruit within the pod,

And in the darkness of the world could find

The Love of God.