Echoes from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman


 

THE ANGEL OF JOY


 

THERE is no grief for me
Nor sadness any more;
For since I first knew thee
Great Joy has kept my door.

That angel of the calm

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All-comprehending smile,
No menace can dismay,
No falsity beguile.

Out of the house of life
Before him fled away

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Languor, regret, and strife
And sorrow on that day.

Grim fear, unmanly doubt,
And impotent despair
Went at his bidding forth

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Among the things that were,—

Leaving a place all clean,
Resounding of the sea
And decked with forest green,
To be a home for thee.

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