The Vagrant of Time

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

TO-DAY


 

AS ONCE by Hybna's emerald flow
     The goatboy saw in dream
The old gods to their hunting go,
     And heard their eagles scream,
So I, by Nashwaak's amber stream,
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     See gods and heroes pass,
While these drab days and deeds but seem
     Like shadows in a glass.

But when a thousand years are done
     My eyes, unsealed, will know

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Beauty and glory new begun
     As in the long ago;
And then, astonished, I shall know
     The splendor of To-day,
When men outdare the old gods, and grow
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     In reach more vast than they.