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Emblems Of Love   By: (1881-1938)

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EMBLEMS OF LOVE

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

INTERLUDES AND POEMS

EMBLEMS OF LOVE

DESIGNED IN SEVERAL DISCOURSES BY LASCELLES ABERCROMBIE

"Wonder it is to see in diverse mindes How diversly love doth his pageaunts play"

"Ego tamquam centrum, circuli, cui simili modo se habent circumferentiæ partes"

TO MY WIFE

TABLE

page HYMN TO LOVE 3

PART I DISCOVERY AND PROPHECY PRELUDE 7 VASHTI 16

PART II IMPERFECTION THREE GIRLS IN LOVE: MARY: A LEGEND OF THE '45 77 JEAN 94 KATRINA 109

PART III VIRGINITY AND PERFECTION JUDITH 127 THE ETERNAL WEDDING 188

MARRIAGE SONG 200 EPILOGUE: DEDICATION 209

EMBLEMS OF LOVE

HYMN TO LOVE

We are thine, O Love, being in thee and made of thee, As thóu, Lóve, were the déep thóught And we the speech of the thought; yea, spoken are we, Thy fires of thought out spoken:

But burn'd not through us thy imagining Like fiérce móod in a sóng cáught, We were as clamour'd words a fool may fling, Loose words, of meaning broken.

For what more like the brainless speech of a fool, The lives travelling dark fears, And as a boy throws pebbles in a pool Thrown down abysmal places?

Hazardous are the stars, yet is our birth And our journeying time theirs; As words of air, life makes of starry earth Sweet soul delighted faces;

As voices are we in the worldly wind; The great wind of the world's fate Is turned, as air to a shapen sound, to mind And marvellous desires.

But not in the world as voices storm shatter'd, Not borne down by the wind's weight; The rushing time rings with our splendid word Like darkness filled with fires.

For Love doth use us for a sound of song, And Love's meaning our life wields, Making our souls like syllables to throng His tunes of exultation.

Down the blind speed of a fatal world we fly, As rain blown along earth's fields; Yet are we god desiring liturgy, Sung joys of adoration;

Yea, made of chance and all a labouring strife, We go charged with a strong flame; For as a language Love hath seized on life His burning heart to story.

Yea, Love, we are thine, the liturgy of thee. Thy thought's golden and glad name, The mortal conscience of immortal glee, Love's zeal in Love's own glory.

PART I

DISCOVERY AND PROPHECY

PRELUDE

Night on bleak downs; a high grass grown trench runs athwart the slope. The earthwork is manned by warriors clad in hides. Two warriors, BRYS and GAST, talking .

Gast . This puts a tall heart in me, and a tune Of great glad blood flowing brave in my flesh, To see thee, after all these moons, returned, My Brys. If there's no rust in thy shoulder joints, That battle wrath of thine, and thy good throwing, Will be more help for us than if the dyke Were higher by a span. Ha! there was howling Down in the thicket; they come soon, for sure.

Brys . Has there been hunger in the forest long?

Gast . I think, not only hunger makes them fierce: They broke not long since into a village yonder, A huge throng of them; all through the night we heard The feasting they kept up. And that has made The wolves blood thirsty, I believe.

Brys . O fools To keep so slack a waking on their dykes! Now have they made a sleepless winter for us. Every night we must look, lest the down slope Between us and the woods turn suddenly To a grey onrush full of small green candles, The charging pack with eyes flaming for flesh. And well for us then if there's no more mist Than the white panting of the wolfish hunger.

Gast . They'll come to night. Three of us hunting went Among the trees below: not long we stayed. All the wolves of the world are in the forest, And man's the meat they're after... Continue reading book >>




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