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Poem by Alfred Austin


Madonna


Let me, calm face, remain
For ever in these sweet sequestered nooks,
Remote from pain,
Where leafy laurustinus overlooks
The blue abounding main.

Ne'er will I crave, I vow,
Your loveliness despite, that we may stand
More nigh than now;
You, with the fresh-plucked roses in your hand,
And I with inclined brow.

With air, and sea, and sky,
And penetrative music on the beach,
All that is high,
And far, and holy, and beyond our reach,
I you identify.

Then, lady, let me stay,
Here where no storm nor surge of discontent
Can find its way;
Hearkening your holy admonitions, blent
With murmurs from the bay. 



Alfred Austin


Alfred Austin's other poems:
  1. Why England Is Conservative
  2. Nocturnal Vigils
  3. Aspromonte
  4. When Runnels Began to Leap and Sing
  5. The Death Of Huss


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