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POEMS

BY

CHARLES HAMILTON MUSGROVE

[Illustration]

JOHN P. MORTON & COMPANY INCORPORATED

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY CHARLES HAMILTON MUSGROVE.

CONTENTS

Page A Fugue of Hell 1 Hymn of the Tomb Builders 7 The Tornado 10 Voices 12 A Song for the Hills 14 Romany 15 Idols 16 Ode to the New Century 18 A Clown's Prelude 21 A Legend of Gold 22 The Eagle and the Flower 23 Sunset in the City 24 The Admiral's Return 25 The Dungeoned Anarchist 26 At the Play 27 The Derelict 28 Zoroaster 29 The North Wind 31 Where is God? 32 The Story of Moses 34 Parthenope to Ulysses 36 Death 37 The Light Celestial 38 Cupid to a Skull 39 The Passing Race 40 Kenotaphion 42 The Red Cross 43 Midsummer Noon 44 The Snow Man 45 Our Sister of the Streets 46 The Earthworm and the Star 48 The Riddle of the Sphinx 49 The Mothers 50 In the Night 51 Forgiven 52 A Woman, and some Men 53 The Newly Dead 55 The First Born 56 The Voice of the North 57 To C. 33 59 Silence 60 Columbus' Last Voyage 61 Atonement 62 The Poet Shepherd 63 Our Daily Bread 64 A Mother to the Sea 65 The Feast of the Passions 66 The Human World 68 The Vow Forsworn 69 Confession 70 Love and Art 71 The Song of the Dynamo 73 The Gold Fields 76 The Woman Answers 77 The Monastery 78 The Passion Play 79 Instruments 83 Quatrains 84 Immutability 86 The Fettered Vultures 87 The Dead Child 89 Night in May 90 De Profundis 91

PAN AND ÆOLUS

A FUGUE OF HELL.

I.

I dreamed a mighty dream. It seemed mine eyes Sealed for the moment were to things terrene, And then there came a strange, great wind that blew From undiscovered lands, and took my soul And set it on an uttermost peak of Hell Amid the gloom and fearful silences. Slowly the darkness paled, and a weird dawn Broke on my wondering vision, and there grew Uncanny phosphorescence in the air Which seemed to throb with some great vital spell Of mystery and doom. With aching eyes I gazed, and lo! the dreadful scene evolved, Black and chaotic, like an awful birth To Desolation, of a lifeless world! My soul in agony cried out to God, When of a sudden all the place grew calm, Save for the trembling of the mountain peaks And the low moaning of the billowy winds Among the abysses. Dull lights here and there Kindled, like wreckage of a city razed By vandals, and the inky sky cupped up Into a black, impenetrable roof.... But now from out the chaos there arose Another sound more fearful than the wail Of tempest, or the quake of mighty hills A mortal cry, a human voice in Hell!

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