Lundy's Lane and Other Poems

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

BY A CHILD'S BED


 

SHE breathèd deep,
  And stepped from out life's stream
Upon the shore of sleep;
And parted from the earthly noise,
Leaving her world of toys,
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To dwell a little in a dell of a dream.

THEN brooding on the love I hold so free,
  My fond possessions come to be
Clouded with grief;
These fairy kisses,

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This archness innocent,
Sting me with sorrow and disturbed content:
I think of what my portion might have been,
A dearth of blisses,
A famine of delights,
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If I had never had what now I value most;
Till all I have seems something I have lost;
A desert underneath the garden shows,
And in a mound of cinders roots the rose.

HERE then I linger by the little bed,

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  Till all my spirit's sphere,
Grows one half brightness and the other dead,
One half all joy, the other vague alarms;
And, holding each the other half in fee,
Floats like the growing moon
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That bears implicitly
Her lessening pearl of shadow
Clasped in the crescent silver of her arms.