New York Nocturnes and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

THE IDEAL


 

To Her, when life was little worth,
   When hope, a tide run low,
Between dim shores of emptiness
   Almost forgot to flow,—

Faint with the city’s fume and stress

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   I came at night to Her.
Her cool white fingers on my face—
   How wonderful they were!

More dear they were to fevered lids
   Than lilies cooled in dew.

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They touched my lips with tenderness,
   Till life was born anew.

The city’s clamour died in calm;
   And once again I heard
The moon-white woodland stillnesses

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   Enchanted by a bird;

The wash of far, remembered waves;
   The sigh of lapsing streams;
And one old garden’s lilac leaves
   Conferring in their dreams.

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A breath from childhood daisy fields
   Came back to me again,
Here in the city’s weary miles
   Of city-wearied men.