More Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

A SILENCE


 

HEART to heart!
And the stillness of night and the moonlight, like hushed breathing
Silently, stealthily moving across thy hair!

O womanly face!

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Tender and strong and lucent with infinite feeling,
Shrinking with startled joy, like wind-struck water,
And yet so frank, so unashamed of love!

Ay, for there it is, love—that’s the deepest.
Love’s not love in the dark.

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Light loves wither i’ the sun, but Love endureth,
Clothing himself with the light as with a robe.

I would bare my soul to thy sight—
Leave not a secret deep unsearched,
Unrevealing its shame or its glory.

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Love without Truth shall die as a soul without God.
A lying love is the love of a day
But the brave and true shall love forever.

Build Love a house;
Let the walls be thick;

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Shut him in from the sight of men;
But hide not Love from himself.

Ah, the summer night!
The wind in the trees and the moonlight!
And my kisses on thy throat

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And thy breathing in my hair!

Silent, lips to lips!
But our souls have held speech, thought answering echoing thought,
Though the only words were kisses.