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Poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery


As the Heart Hopes


It is a year dear one, since you afar
Went out beyond my yearning mortal sight
A wondrous year! perchance in many a star
You have sojourned, or basked within the light
Of mightier suns; it may be you have trod
The glittering pathways of the Pleiades,
And through the Milky Ways white mysteries
Have walked at will, fire-shod. 

You may have gazed in the immortal eyes
Of prophets and of martyrs; talked with seers
Learned in all the lore of Paradise,
The infinite wisdom of eternal years;
To you the Sons of Morning may have sung,
The impassioned strophes of their matin hymn,
For you the choirs of the seraphim
Their harpings wild out-flung. 

But still I think at eve you come to me
For old, delightsome speech of eye and lip,
Deeming our mutual converse thus to be
Fairer than archangelic comradeship;
Dearer our close communings fondly given
Than all the rainbow dreams a spirit knows,
Sweeter my gathered violets than the rose
Upon the hills of heaven. 

Can any exquisite, unearthly morn,
Silverly breaking oer a starry plain,
Give to your soul the poignant pleasure born
Of virgin moon and sunsets lustrous stain
When we together watch them ? Oh, apart
A hundred universes you may roam,
But still I knowI knowyour only home
Is here within my heart!



Lucy Maud Montgomery


Lucy Maud Montgomery's other poems:
  1. One of the Shepherds
  2. Memory Pictures
  3. In Memory of Maggie
  4. In an Old Farmhouse
  5. Realization


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