The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

AT DELOS


 

AN IRIS-FLOWER with topaz leaves,
        With a dark heart of deeper gold,
Died over Delos when light failed
        And the night grew cold.

No wave fell mourning in the sea

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        Where age on age beauty had died;
For that frail colour withering away
        No sea-bird cried.

There is no grieving in the world
        As beauty fades throughout the years:

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The pilgrim with the weary heart
        Brings to the grave his tears.