Corydon: An Elegy

by Bliss Carman


 

 

AD VESPERUM AND E TENEBRIS


 

Mr. Bliss Carman is engaged in writing a trilogy on the death of Matthew Arnold. The first part, “Death in April,” appeared in the Atlantic Monthly for April 1889. The second part, “Midsummer Land,” has just appeared in England in the Universal Review, accompanied by a beautiful full page engraving of Matthew Arnold. The third part, “Autumn Guard,” is not yet finished.

        Mr. Carman has lately been appointed to the staff of the New York Independent, as editor in charge of the department that deals with contributed articles. We extend our hearty congratulations on his success in obtaining so important a position on a periodical so widely circulated as the Independent.

University Monthly
Volume 9, Page 73
March, 1890

 

 AD VESPERUM


 

Call to me, thrush,
When day grows dim,
When death is near
And night is warm.

Stir the keen hush

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On twilight’s rim,
When my own star
Is white and clear.

Fly low to brush
Mine eyelids grim,

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Where sleep and storm
Have set their bar,

For time shall crush
Spring balm for him,
Stark on his bier

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Past fault or harm,

Who once, as flush
Of dream might skim
The dusk, afar
In sleep shall hear

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Thy song’s cool rush
With calm rebrim
The world, and scar
The gloom with cheer.

Then, Heartsease, hush:

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If sense grow dim,
Desire shall steer
Us home from far!

 

E TENEBRIS


Call to me, thrush,
When night grows dim,
When dreams unform,
And death is far.

When hoar dews flush

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The dawn’s rathe brim,
Wake me to hear
Thy wild wood charm,—

As a lone rush
Astir in the slim

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White stream where sheer
Blue mornings are.

 

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