Orion, and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

 

LOVE-DAYS


 

THE sweet-mouthed shore hath wed the singing sea,
    And winds are joyous with their kissing chime.
    The voice-beseeching rapture of the time
An utterance hath found in every tree,
           In bursts of happy rhyme.                                                    
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All nature loves, and loves are all fulfilled.
    Me only hope deferred and waitings long
    Keep silent; me these rich completions wrong:
Ah! when shall I have leave my lips to gild
           With a sweet marriage-song?                                               
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From scenes of glad love crownéd, long gone down
    The droning-billowed reaches of the years,
    The lotus-flutes are shrilling in mine ears,
And torches flash into mine eyes, and drown
           Their sight in envious tears.                                                  
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All lovers surely now are satisfied,
    Save only we, whom yet no threshold waits,
    For whom not yet the inner temple’s gates
Have lifted: how much longer must we bide,
           Pressing reluctant fates?                                                      
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Oh, too long tarryings make a weary way!
    Then kiss me, Love, and kiss me; for the wings
    Of time are ever dropping divers things;
And who may from the promise of to-day
           Guess what the morrow brings!                                           
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