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Helen Redeemed and Other Poems   By: (1861-1923)

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HELEN REDEEMED

AND OTHER POEMS

BY MAURICE HEWLETT

{Dôron Erôs Aidê}

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1913

Transcriber's Note

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Archaic spellings have been retained. Greek words have been transliterated and are shown between {braces}. The oe ligature has been transcribed as [oe].

DEDICATION

Love owes tribute unto Death, Being but a flower of breath, Ev'n as thy fair body is Moment's figure of the bliss Dwelling in the mind of God When He called thee from the sod, Like a crocus up to start, Gray eyed with a golden heart, Out of earth, and point our sight To thy eternal home of light.

Here on earth is all we know: To let our love as steadfast blow, Open hearted to the sun, Folded down when our day's done, As thy flower that bids it be Flower of thy charity. 'Tis not ours to boast or pray Breath from us shall outlive clay; 'Tis not thine, thou Pitiful, Set me task beyond my rule.

Yet as young men carve on trees Lovely names, and find in these Solace in the after time, So to have hid thee in my rhyme Shall be comfort when I take The lonely road. Then, for my sake, Keep thou this my graven sigh, And, that I may not all die, Open it, and hear it tell, Here was one who loved thee well.

October 6, 1912.

CONTENTS

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HELEN REDEEMED 1 HYPSIPYLE 123 OREITHYIA 149 CLYTIÉ 155 LAI OF GOBERTZ 159 THE SAINTS' MAYING 169 THE ARGIVE WOMEN 173 GNATHO 187 TO THE GODS OF THE COUNTRY 193 FOURTEEN SONNETS ALMA SDEGNOSA 197 THE WINDS' POSSESSION 198 ASPETTO REALE 199 KIN CONFESSED 200 QUEL GIORNO PIÙ 201 ABSENCE 202 PRESENCE 203 DREAM ANGUISH 204 HYMNIA BEATRIX 206 LUX E TENEBRIS 207 DUTY 208 WAGES 209 EYE SERVICE 210 CLOISTER THOUGHTS 211 THE CHAMBER IDYLL 213 EPIGRAMMATA THE OLD HOUSE 217 BLUE IRIS 217 THE ROSEBUD 218 SPRING ON THE DOWN 218 SNOWY NIGHT 219 EVENING MOOD 219 THE PARTING 220 DEDICATION OF A BOOK 221

NOTE

Three of the Poems here published have appeared in book form already, in the Volume called Songs and Meditations , long out of print.

HELEN REDEEMED

PROEM

Sing of the end of Troy, and of that flood Of passion by the blood Of heroes consecrate, by poet's craft Hallowed, if that thin waft Of godhead blown upon thee stretch thy song To span such store of strong And splendid vision of immortal themes Late harvested in dreams, Albeit long years laid up in tilth. Most meet Thou sing that slim and sweet Fair woman for whose bosom and delight Paris, as well he might, Wrought all the woe, and held her to his cost And Troy's, and won and lost Perforce; for who could look on her or feel Her near and not dare steal One hour of her, or hope to hold in bars Such wonder of the stars Undimmed? As soon expect to cage the rose Of dawn which comes and goes Fitful, or leash the shadows of the hills, Or music of upland rills As Helen's beauty and not tarnish it With thy poor market wit, Adept to hue the wanton in the wild, Defile the undefiled! Yet by the oath thou swearedst, standing high Where piled rocks testify The holy dust, and from Therapnai's hold Over the rippling wold Didst look upon Amyklai's, where sunrise First dawned in Helen's eyes, Take up thy tale, good poet, strain thine art To sing her rendered heart, Given last to him who loved her first, nor swerved From loving, but was nerved To see through years of robbery and shame Her spirit, a clear flame, Eloquent of her birthright... Continue reading book >>




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