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Poem by Sidney Lanier


A Song of Eternity in Time


Once, at night, in the manor wood
My Love and I long silent stood,
Amazed that any heavens could
Decree to part us, bitterly repining.
My Love, in aimless love and grief,
Reached forth and drew aside a leaf
That just above us played the thief
And stole our starlight that for us was shining.

A star that had remarked her pain
Shone straightway down that leafy lane,
And wrought his image, mirror-plain,
Within a tear that on her lash hung gleaming.
Thus Time, I cried, is but a tear
Some one hath wept twixt hope and fear,
Yet in his little lucent sphere
Our star of stars, Eternity, is beaming.



Sidney Lanier


Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L.
  2. Nilsson
  3. The Wedding
  4. Thou and I
  5. A Florida Ghost


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