Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets

by Bliss Carman

Illustrations by Whitman Bailey




Under gray skies the mirror of the lake
Reflects the misty flush of the young leaves.
From its smooth lip the pastel woodlands rise
In the soft-tinted loveliness of May
Over the dark-stemmed brushwood Spring has thrown
Her impalpable veil of changing green and red,
Like an elusive sorceress who lays
Her spell of wonder on a waiting world.
And all her lovers who had half forgot
Her beauty must arise and follow her,
Enthralled as ever by her witchery.
A breath of wind comes ruffling the smooth lake
And strews the white plum-blossoms on the grass,
Stirring old transports, and is still again.



In the soft-tinted loveliness of May