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Ella Wheeler Wilcox (Элла Уилкокс)

A Dirge

Death and a dirge at midnight;
   Yet never a soul in the house
Heard anything more than the throb and beat
   Of a beautiful waltz of Strauss.

Dead, dead, dead, and staring,
   With a ghastly smile on its face;
But the world saw only laughing eyes
   And roses, and billows of lace.

Floating and whirling together,
   Into the beautiful night,
How little you dreamed of the ghastly thing
   I was hiding away from your sight.

Meeting your dark eyes’ splendour,
   Feeling your warm, sweet breath,
How could you know that my passionate heart
   Had died a horrible death?

Died in its fever and fervour,
   Died in its beautiful bloom;
And that waltz of Strauss was a funeral dirge,
   Leading the way to the tomb.

But you held my hand at parting,
   And I smiled back a gay good night;
And you never knew of the ghastly corpse
   I was hiding away from your sight.

Yet whenever I hear the Danube--
   Under its pulsing strain,
I catch the wail of the funeral dirge,
   And my heart dies over again.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. Boys' and Girls' Thanksgiving of 1892
  2. The Breaking of Chains
  3. Bleak Weather
  4. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  5. Beauty (The search for beauty is the search for God)

Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Alfred Tennyson (Альфред Теннисон) A Dirge ("Now is done thy long day's work")
  • Percy Shelley (Перси Шелли) A Dirge ("Rough wind, that moanest loud")
  • Madison Cawein (Мэдисон Кавейн) A Dirge ("Life has fled; she is dead")
  • Amy Levy (Эми Леви) A Dirge ("”Mein Herz, mein Herz ist traurig")
  • Menella Smedley (Менелла Смедли) A Dirge ("Let her rest!")

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