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By Still Waters

Lyrical Poems Old and New

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Author: George William Russell (A.E.)
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,087 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,221
Added to site: 2005.08.30 11179
Genre: Poetry

priestess of the Wise.


His head within my bosom lay,
But yet his spirit slipped not through:
I only felt the burning clay
That withered for the cooling dew.

It was but pity when I spoke
And called him to my heart for rest,
And half a mother's love that woke
Feeling his head upon my breast:

And half the lion's tenderness
To shield her cubs from hurt or death,
Which, when the serried hunters press,
Makes terrible her wounded breath.

But when the lips I breathed upon
Asked for such love as equals claim
I looked where all the stars were gone
Burned in the day's immortal flame.

'Come thou like yon great dawn to me
From darkness vanquished, battles done:
Flame unto flame shall flow and be
Within thy heart and mine as one.'


As from our dream we died away
Far off



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