Lundy's Lane and Other Poems

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

MIST AND FROST


 

VEIL-LIKE and beautiful
  Gathered the dutiful
     Mist in the night,
True to the messaging,
Dreamful and presaging
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     Vapour and light.
GHOSTLY and chill it is,
  Pallid and still it is,
     Sudden uprist;
What is there tragical,
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Moving or magical,
     Hid in the mist?

MILLIONS of essences,
  Fairy-like presences
     Formless as yet;

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Light-riven spangles,
Crystalline tangles
     Floating unset.

FROST will come shepherding
  Nowise enjeoparding

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     Frondage or flower;
Just a degree of it,
Nought can we see of it
     Only its power.

EARTH like a Swimmer

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  Plunged into the dimmer
     Wave of the night,
Now is uprisen,
An Elysian vision
     Of spray and of light.
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'TIS the intangible
  Delicate frangible
     Secret of mist,
Breathing may banish it,
Thought may evanish it,—
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     Ponder and whist!

PASSIONLESS purity,
  Calmness in surety
     Dwells everywhere,
A winnowed whiteness,

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A lunar lightness
     Glows in the air.

BUT in the heart of it
  Every least part of it
     Blooms with the charm,

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Star-shape and frondage
Broken from bondage
     Forged into form.

CRYSTALS encrusted,
  Diamonds dusted

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     Line everything,
Tiny the stencillings
Are as the pencillings
      On a moth's wing.

AND O, what a wonder!

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  No farther asunder
     Than atoms are laid,
The arches and angles
Of star-froth and spangles
     Cast their own shade.
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OUT from the chalices,
  The pigmy palaces
     Where the tint hides,
Opal and sapphire
Half-pearl and half-fire
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     The colour slides;

TILL the frail miracle
  Rapturous lyrical
     Flushes and glows
With a wraith of florescence

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That tempers or lessens
     The light of the snows.

HELD all aquiver,—
  But now with a shiver
     The power of the sun

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Dissolves the laces
Of the tender mazes,
     All is undone.

BUT the old Earth brooding,
  All wisdom including,

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     Affirms and assures
That above the material,
Triumphal imperial
    Beauty endures.