The House of the Trees
& Other Poems


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

Joy



WHEN airy joy doth hail me
     I follow on behind,
And lest my feet should fail me
     I follow on the wind;
I hear her lightsome laughter

5

     Go floating past the door,
And swift I follow after
     As she flies on before.

When I am faint and falling,
     And lose her skyey wings,

10

I hear her liquid calling,
     And feel the charm she flings
On all the earth and o’er me,
     Then eagerly I rise,
And see her skirts before me

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     Go glittering up the skies.

The best of life would daunt me
     Ungirdled by her grace,
And foreign demons haunt me
     Whene’er she hides her face.
[Page 89]

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Up roughest steeps with laughter
     My airy joy doth soar,
As wind-like I come after,
     And she flies on before. [Page 90]