Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


White Iris


WHITE Iris was a princess
In a kingdom long ago,
Mysterious as moonlight
And silent as the snow.

She drew the world in wonder

And swayed it with desire,
Ere Babylon was builded
Or a stone laid in Tyre.

Yet here within my garden
Her loveliness appears,

Undimmed by any sorrow
Of all the tragic years.
How kind that earth should treasure
So beautiful a thing—
All mystical enchantment,
To stir our hearts in spring!