Late Lyrics and Earlier : with Many Other Verses eBook

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These summer landscapes—­clump, and copse, and croft —
Woodland and meadowland—­here hung aloft,
Gay with limp grass and leafery new and soft,

Seem caught from the immediate season’s yield
I saw last noonday shining over the field,
By rapid snatch, while still are uncongealed

The saps that in their live originals climb;
Yester’s quick greenage here set forth in mime
Just as it stands, now, at our breathing-time.

But these young foils so fresh upon each tree,
Soft verdures spread in sprouting novelty,
Are not this summer’s, though they feign to be.

Last year their May to Michaelmas term was run,
Last autumn browned and buried every one,
And no more know they sight of any sun.


Dear, think not that they will forget you: 
  —­If craftsmanly art should be mine
I will build up a temple, and set you
      Therein as its shrine.

They may say:  “Why a woman such honour?”
  —­Be told, “O, so sweet was her fame,
That a man heaped this splendour upon her;
      None now knows his name.”


      Yes; such it was;
   Just those two seasons unsought,
Sweeping like summertide wind on our ways;
      Moving, as straws,
   Hearts quick as ours in those days;
Going like wind, too, and rated as nought
   Save as the prelude to plays
   Soon to come—­larger, life-fraught: 
      Yes; such it was.

      “Nought” it was called,
   Even by ourselves—­that which springs
Out of the years for all flesh, first or last,
      Commonplace, scrawled
   Dully on days that go past. 
Yet, all the while, it upbore us like wings
   Even in hours overcast: 
   Aye, though this best thing of things,
      “Nought” it was called!

      What seems it now? 
   Lost:  such beginning was all;
Nothing came after:  romance straight forsook
      Quickly somehow
   Life when we sped from our nook,
Primed for new scenes with designs smart and tall . . . 
  —­A preface without any book,
   A trumpet uplipped, but no call;
      That seems it now.


(From this centuries-old cross-road the highway leads east to London, north to Bristol and Bath, west to Exeter and the Land’s End, and south to the Channel coast.)

   Why go the east road now? . . . 
That way a youth went on a morrow
After mirth, and he brought back sorrow
   Painted upon his brow
   Why go the east road now?

   Why go the north road now? 
Torn, leaf-strewn, as if scoured by foemen, Once edging fiefs of my forefolk yeomen,
   Fallows fat to the plough: 
   Why go the north road now?

   Why go the west road now? 
Thence to us came she, bosom-burning,
Welcome with joyousness returning . . . 
  —­She sleeps under the bough: 
   Why go the west road now?

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