Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

XXIX


 

Up from the kindled pines,
Lo, the lord Sun! 
What shall his children find 
When day is done?

Ere thy feet follow him

5

Over the sea, 
Love, turn thy glorious 
Eyes once to me!

High in the burning noon,
Lo, the lord Sun 

10

Sleeps, with his hand slack, 
His girdle undone.

Ere thy feet follow him 
Over the hill, 
Love, lace thy heart to mine, 

15

Time has stood still.

Down by the valley-night
Sings the great sea; 
Over the mountain rim 
Day walks for thee.

20


Ere thy feet follow him 
Into far lands, 
Love, lift thy mouth to me 
Up through thy hands!

Well do they journey

25

Who joy as they go; 
Hear his hills whispering, 
"So, it is so."

Ere thy feet follow him
Into far lands,

30
Love, lift thy mouth to me
Up through thy hands!

Well do they journey
Who joy as they go;
Hear his hills whispering,

35
"So, it is so."

Ere thy feet follow him
Down to the shade, 
Love, loose thy zone to me,
Mistress and maid!

40

Down to the kindling pines,
Lo, the lord Sun 
Goes unreluctant 
And day is done.