From the Green Book of the Bards

by Bliss Carman


 

THE FIELD BY THE SEA


 

On a grey day by the sea,
I looked from the window and saw
The beautiful companies of the daisies bow
And toss in the gusty flaw.

For the wind was in from sea;

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The heavy scuds ran low;
And all the makers of holiday were abashed,
Caught in the easterly blow.

My heart, too, is a field,
Peopled with shining forms,

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Beautiful as the companies of the grass,
And herded by swift grey storms.

A thousand shapes of joy,
Sunlit and fair and wild,—
All the bright dreams that make the heart of a man

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As the heart of a little child,—

They dance to the rune of the world,
The star-trodden ageless rune,
Glad as the wind-blown multitudes of the grass,
White as the daisies in June.

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But over them, ah, what storms,—
In from the unknown sea,
The uncharted and ever-sounding desolate main
We have called Eternity!

They shudder and quake and are torn,

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As the stormy moods race by.
And then in the teeth of remorse, the tempestuous lull,
Once more the hardy cry:

"Fear not, little folk of my heart,
Nor let the great hope in you fail!

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Being children of light, ye are made as the flowers of the grass,
To endure and survive and prevail."