English poetry

Poets Х Biographies Х Poems by Themes Х Random Poem Х
The Rating of Poets Х The Rating of Poems

Poem by Charles Hamilton Sorley


Rooks (There is such cry in all these birds)


There is such cry in all these birds,
⁠     More than can ever be express'd;
If I should put it into words,
     ⁠You would agree it were not best
⁠     To wake such wonder from its rest.

But since to-night the world is still
⁠     And only they and I astir,
We are united, will to will,
⁠     By bondage tighter, tenderer
     ⁠Than any lovers ever were.

And if, of too much labouring,
⁠     All that I see around should die
(There is such sleep in each green thing,
⁠     Such weariness in all the sky),
⁠     We would live on, these birds and I.

Yet how? since everything must pass
⁠     At evening with the sinking sun,
And Christ is gone, and Barabbas,
⁠     Judas and Jesus, gone, clean gone,
⁠     Then how shall I live on?

Yet surely Judas must have heard
⁠     Amidst his torments the long cry
Of some lone Israelitish bird,
     ⁠And on it, ere he went to die,
     ⁠Thrown all his spirit's agony.

And that immortal cry which welled
⁠     For Judas, ever afterwards
Passion on passion still has swelled
⁠     And sweetened, till to-night these birds
     ⁠Will take my words, will take my words,

And wrapping them in music meet
⁠     Will sing their spirit through the sky,
Strange and unsatisfied and sweetЧ
⁠     That, when stock-dead am I, am I,
⁠     O, these will never die! 

July 1913

Charles Hamilton Sorley


Charles Hamilton Sorley's other poems:
  1. There Is Such Change in All Those Fields
  2. East Kennet Church at Evening
  3. Le Revenant
  4. In Memoriam S. C. W., V.C.
  5. J. B.


Poem to print Print

1011 Views



Last Poems


To Russian version


–ейтинг@Mail.ru

English Poetry. E-mail eng-poetry.ru@yandex.ru