The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

A SONG


 

IN THE AIR there are no coral—
        Reefs or ambergris,
No rock-pools that hide the lovely
        Sea-anemones,
No strange forms that flow with phosphor
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        In a deep-sea night,
No slow fish that float their colour
        Through the liquid light,
No young pearls, like new moons, growing
        Perfect in their shells;
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If you be in search of beauty
        Go where beauty dwells.

In the sea there are no sunsets
        Crimson in the west,
No dark pines that hold the shadow

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        On the mountain-crest,
There is neither mist nor moonrise
        Rainbows nor rain,
No sweet flowers that in the autumn
        Die to bloom again,
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        Music never moves the silence,—
        Reeds or silver bells;
If you be in search of beauty
        Go where beauty dwells.