Poems eBook

Denis Florence MacCarthy
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 107 pages of information about Poems.

I know ’tis like asking a morning cloud
  With a grim old mountain to stay,
But your love would soften its ruggedness,
  And melt its roughness away. 
I have seen a delicate rosy cloud,
  A rough, gray cliff enfold,
Till his heart was warmed by its loveliness,
  And his brow was tinged with its gold.

Oh, poor and mean does my life show
  Compared with the beauty of thine,
Like a diamond embedded in granite
  Your life would be set in mine;
But a faithful love should guard you,
  And shelter you from life’s storm,
The rock must be shivered to atoms
  Ere its treasure should come to harm.

How your sweet face has shone on me
  From the tropics’ midnight sea,
When the sailors slept, and I kept watch
  Alone with my God and thee. 
I know your heart is relenting,
  The tender look in your eyes
Seems like that sky’s soft splendor
  When the sun was beginning to rise.

You need not veil their glorious light
  With your eyelids’ cloud of snow,
A tell-tale bird with a crimson wing
  On your cheek flies to and fro;
And whispers to me such blissful hope
  That my foolish tears will start,
Ah, little bird! your fluttering wing
  Is folded on my heart.


I might strive as well to melt to softness the soulless breast
  Of some fair and saintly image, carven out of stone,
With my smile, as to stir you heart from its icy rest,
  Or win a tender glance from your royal eyes, Ione;
But your sad smile lures me on, as toward some fatal rock
  Is the fond wave drawn, but to break with passionate moan. 
Break! to be spurned from its cold feet with a stony shock,
  As you would spurn my suppliant heart from your feet, Ione.

Ione, there is a grave in the churchyard under the hill,
  The villagers shun like the unblest haunt of a ghost,
Dropped there out of a dark spring night, I remember still,
  For a foreign ship had anchored that night on the coast;
On the gray stone tablet is written this one word “Rest.” 
  Did he who sleeps underneath seek for it vainly here? 
What is the secret hidden there in the buried breast,
  The secret deeper sunken by dripping rains each year.

When autumn’s bending boughs and harvests burdened the ground
  An early laborer, chancing to pass that way alone,
Saw a small glove gleaming whitely upon the mound,
  And into the delicate wrist was woven “Ione,”
And he said as he dropped it again his eye did mark—­
  For this unknown, unhallowed grave had been shunned by all—­
A narrow footpath winding through to the lofty wall,
  That guards the wild grandeur and gloom of your father’s park.

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