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EIDOLA BY FREDERIC MANNING

[Greek: skias eidôlon] AESCHYLUS

LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W. 1917

BY FREDERIC MANNING

POEMS. 3 s. 6 d. net SCENES AND PORTRAITS. 6 s. net THE VIGIL OF BRUNHILD. 2 s. 6 d. net

LONDON: JOHN MURRAY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

TO THE COUNTESS OF ANCASTER

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THE CHOOSERS 1 SACRIFICE 3 RELIEVED 5 REACTION 6 THE OLD CALVARY 9 THE GUNS 10 THE SIGN 12 A SHELL 14 THE FACE 15 WIND 16 BOIS DE MAMETZ 18 THE TRENCHES 22 LEAVES 25 TRANSPORT 27 [Greek: autarkeia] 29 EPIGRAM, R. B. 31 NOW 32 GROTESQUE 35 DESIRE 36 BLUE AND GOLD 38 GANHARDINE'S SONG 39 THE SOUL'S ANSWER 41 WINTER 42 THE FAUN 43 THE CUP 44 PAROLES SANS MUSIQUE 45 DANAE 47 WORSHIP 49 TO A GIRL 50 EROS ATHANATOS 52 DEMETER MOURNING 54 THE LOST ANGEL 57 THE MOCKING SONG 59 THE MOTHER 63 MEDITATION 65 THE HONEY GATHERER 67 CROCUS SONG 70 THE IMAGE SELLER 72 SIMAETHA 74 TO THE UNKNOWN GODDESS 76 HURLEYWAYNE 78 TO SÀÏ 80 THE SHEPHERDS' CAROL OF BETHLEHEM 82 PAST 85 THE BELOVED 86

EIDOLA

THE CHOOSERS

O ye! Fragile, tremulous Haunters of the deep glades, Whose fingers part the leaves Of beech and aspen ere ye slip thro', Shall I see ye again?

Men have said unto me: These are but flying lights and shadows, Light on the beech boles, clouds shadowing the corn fields, The wind in the flame of birches in autumn, Wind shadowing the clear pools. But ye cried, laughing, down the wind: Men are but shadows, but a vain breath!

So here cometh unto me That cry from the rejoicing air: Men are but shadows! And prone about me I see them, hushed and sleeping in the hut, Made solemn and holy by the night, In the dead light o' the moon: Shadowy, swathed in their blankets, As sleep, in hewn sepulchral caves, Egypt's and Asia's kings... Continue reading book >>




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