Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets

by Bliss Carman

Illustrations by Whitman Bailey




Whence came the sweet insurgence of the Spring
That loosed the wild bird songs, the willow buds,
The twilight chorus in the marsh, and shone
Within the visionary soul of Man? . . ..
When we behold in August on a day
The goldenrod upon a thousand trails,
The asters in blue drifts through clearings wild,
And every roadside gay with meadow rue—
The poet’s recompense and traveller’s joy—
When, thrilled by beauty passing thought, we sense
That harmony which is the artist’s peace
And presage of creation, then we know
One walked with love among the misty hills
In a gray cloak of rain, and dreamed a dream.