No Song

I loose the secrets of my soulAnd mint my heart to heavy wordsLest you should need to ask a doleOf singing from the winds and birds —You will not heed nor bear my soul. I coin again a greater sumOf silence, and you will not heed:The fallow spaces call you “Come,The season’s ripe to sow … Read more No Song

Initiation

Our lips can only stammer, yet we chantHigh things of God. We do not hope to praiseThe splendour and the glory of his ways,Nor light up Heaven with our low descant:But we will follow thee, his hierophantFilling with secret canticles the daysTo shadow forth in symbols for their gazeWhat crowns and thrones await his militant. … Read more Initiation

The Mask

What have I dared to claimThat you should thus deny?If I have used your nameMy songs to beautifyMine is the greater fame. And I have ever soughtBut to proclaim your praise,I have regarded naughtWhen wandering by your waysBut truth, my only thought. What favour did I askThat might constrain your heartOr heavier make your task?But … Read more The Mask

The Living Temple

 Covenant! O Temple! O frail prideOf God’s high glory! Set your snowy feetOn the Red Mountain, while the pinions beatOf proximate apocalypse. UncriedHalloos of havoc, prophecies deniedFulfilment till the Dawn of Wonder, fleetIn songs precursive down the glittering streetWhere dripped the blood from wounded brows and side. And you must walk the mountain tops where … Read more The Living Temple

Your Fear

I try to blameWhen from your eyes the battle-flameLeaps: when cleaves my speech the spearFor fear lest I should speak your name: Your name that’s knownBut to your heart, your fear has flownTo mine: you’ve heard not any bird,No wings have stirred save yours alone. Alone your wingsHave fluttered: half-forgotten thingsCome crowding home into your … Read more Your Fear

Die Taube

To-day when I beheld you all aloneAnd might have stayed to speak, the watchful loveLeapt up within my heart — then quick to proveNew strength, the fruit of sorrow you have sownSank in my stormy bosom like a stoneNor dared to rise on flaming plumes abovePassionless winds, till you, O shining doveFar from the range … Read more Die Taube

Heaven in Hell

If the dread all-seeing stars,Ringed Saturn and ruddy MarsAnd their companions all the sevenThat play before the lord of Heaven,Each blossoming nebula and allThe constellations, were to fallLow at my feet and worship me,Endow me with all sovrantyOf their wide kingdom of the blue —Yet I would not believe that youCould love me — If … Read more Heaven in Hell

Daybreak

As blazes forth through clouds the morning sun,So shines your soul, and I must veil my sightLest it be stricken to eternal nightBy too much seeing ere my song be done,And I must sing your body’s clouds that runTo hide you with their crimson, green and whiteAt sunset dawn and noon–and then the flightOf stars … Read more Daybreak