Lake Lyrics and Other Poems

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

VAPOR AND BLUE


 

Domed with the azure of heaven,
    Floored with a pavement of pearl,
Clothed all about with a brightness
    Soft as the eyes of a girl,

Girt with a magical girdle,

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    Rimmed with a vapor of rest—
These are the inland waters,
    These are the lakes of the west.

Voices of slumberous music,
    Spirits of mist and of flame,

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Moonlit memories left here
    By gods who long ago came,

And vanishing left but an echo
    In silence of moon-dim caves,
Where haze-wrapt the August night slumbers,

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    Or the wild heart of October raves.

Here where the jewels of nature
    Are set in the light of God’s smile;
Far from the world’s wild throbbing,
    I will stay me and rest me awhile.

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And store in my heart old music,
    Melodies gathered and sung
By the genies of love and of beauty
    When the heart of the world was young.