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Days and Dreams Poems   By: (1865-1914)

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DAYS AND DREAMS

POEMS

BY

MADISON CAWEIN

AUTHOR OF "LYRICS AND IDYLS," "THE TRIUMPH OF MUSIC," ETC., ETC.

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK LONDON 27 West Twenty third St. 27 King William St., Strand

The Knickerbocker Press 1891

COPYRIGHT, 1891 BY MADISON CAWEIN

The Knickerbocker Press, New York Printed and Bound by G. P. Putnam's Sons

TO JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY WITH ADMIRATION AND REGARD

O lyrist of the lowly and the true, The song I sought for you Hides yet unsung. What hope for me to find, Lost in the d├Ždal mind, The living utterance with lovely tongue! To say, as erst was sung By Ariosto of Knight errantry, Through lands of Poesy, Song's Paladin, knight of the dream and day, The wizard shield you sway Of that Atlantes power, sweet and terse, The skyey builded verse: The shield that dazzles, brilliant with surprise, Our unanointed eyes. Oh, had I written as 't were worthy you, Each line, a spark of dew, As once Ferdusi shone in Persia, Had strung each rosy spray Of the unfolding flower of each song; And Iran's bulbul tongue Had sobbed its heart out o'er the fountain's slab In gardens of Afrasiab.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

ONE DAY AND ANOTHER 1

DAYS AND DREAMS 93

DEITY 95

SELF 97

SELF AND SOUL 99

THE DREAM OF DREAD 102

DEATH IN LIFE 105

THE EVE OF ALL SAINTS 110

MATER DOLOROSA 116

THE OLD INN 119

LAST DAYS 121

THE ROMANZA 123

MY ROMANCE 125

THE EPIC 127

THE BLIND HARPER 129

ELPHIN 131

PRE ORDINATION 134

AT THE STILE 138

THE ALCALDE'S DAUGHTER 140

AT THE CORREGIDOR'S 142

THE PORTRAIT 145

ISMAEL 150

A PRE EXISTENCE 154

BEHRAM AND EDDETMA 158

THE KHALIF AND THE ARAB 166

ONE DAY AND ANOTHER.

PART I.

1.

He waits musing.

Herein the dearness of her is: The thirty perfect days of June Made one, in beauty and in bliss Were not more white to have to kiss, To love not more in tune.

And oft I think she is too true, Too innocent for our day; For in her eyes her soul looks new Two crowfoot blossoms watchet blue Are not more soft than they.

So good, so kind is she to me, In darling ways and happy words, Sometimes my heart fears she may be Too much with God and secretly Sweet sister to the birds.

2.

Becoming impatient.

The owls are quavering, two, now three, And all the green is graying; The owls our trysting dials be There is no time for staying.

I wait you where this buckeye throws Its tumbled shadow over Wood violet and the bramble rose, Long lady fern and clover.

Spice seeded sassafras weighs deep Rough rail and broken paling, Where all day long the lizards sleep Like lichen on the railing.

Behind you you will feel the moon's Gold stealing like young laughter; And mists gray ghosts of picaroons Its phantom treasure after.

And here together, youth and youth, Love will be doubly able; Each be to each as true as truth, And dear as fairy fable.

The owls are calling and the maize With fallen dew is dripping Ah, girlhood, through the dewy haze Come like a moonbeam slipping... Continue reading book >>




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