Eos: An Epic of the Dawn, and Other Poems

By Nicholas Flood Davin


 

LADY MACDONALD.


 

And now as fair a task, for I would sing
    Of one whose purpose does not falter; one
Whose name with his shall down the centuries ring,
    And grow more bright with each recurring sun.
Ah! dearer far than star a queen can dower,
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    And dearer than the people’s loud acclaim,
A noble woman’s welcome, and the power
    Her touch can give, whose life is void of blame.

We build men statues; did but Justice speak,
    She’d say: Do likewise for those gentler lives,
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Who hid away from public gaze, but seek
    The selfless guerdon won by faithful wives—
To do all love can do, all patience can,
And be the day-star of the work-worn, weary man. [Page 128]