Nirvana Days

Author: Cale Young Rice
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,352 / 50 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 315
Added to site: 2009.10.08 25502
Genre: Poetry

Tinctured throughout with the philosophy of Buddhism.

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ng round, a radiance ineffable;
For I was too intoxicate and tranced
With beauty that I knew was very love.
So when divinity from her had stolen
Into his spirit, as, from fields of myrrh
Or forests of red sandal by the sea,
Steal slaking airs, and he began to speak,
I could but gather these few fleeting words:
"Your glance sends fragrance sweeter than the lily,
Your hands are visible bodiments of song
You are the voice that April light has lost,
Her silence that was music of glad birds.
The wind's heart have you, and its mystery,
When poet Spring comes piping o'er the hills
To make of Tartarus forgotten fear.
Yea all the generations of the world,
Whose whence and whither but the gods shall know.
Are vassal to your vows forevermore."
And she, I knew, made answer, for her words
Fell warm as womanhood with wordless things,
But I had drifted on within my dream,
To that pale space which is oblivion.


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