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The Inn of Dreams   By: (1874-1944)

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THE INN OF DREAMS

BY

OLIVE CUSTANCE (LADY AFRED DOUGLAS)

LONDON: JOHN LANE, THE BODLEY HEAD NEW YORK: JOHN LANE COMPANY, MCMXI

WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED, LONDON AND BECCLES

DEDICATION

J'ÉCRIS POUR QUE LE JOUR OÙ JE NE SERAI PLUS

J'écris pour que le jour où je ne serai plus On sache comme l'air et le plaisir m'ont plu, Et que mon livre porte à la foule future Comme j'aimais la vie et l'heureuse nature.

Attentive aux travaux des champs et des maisons J'ai marqué chaque jour la forme des saisons, Parce que l'eau, la terre et la montante flamme En nul endroit ne sont si belles qu'en mon âme.

J'ai dit ce que j'ai vu et ce que j'ai senti, D'un coeur pour qui le vrai ne fut point trop hardi, Et j'ai eu cette ardeur, par l'amour intimée, Pour être après la mort parfois encore aimée,

Et qu'un jeune homme alors lisant ce que j'écris, Sentant par moi son coeur, ému, troublé, surpris, Ayant tout oublié des épouses réelles, M'accueille dans son âme et me préfère à elles.

COMTESSE MATHIEU DE NOAILLES

CONTENTS

Dedication (Comtesse de Noailles) . . . v The Inn of Dreams . . . 3 The Kingdom of Heaven . . . 5 A Dream . . . 6 The Autumn Day . . . 8 Angels . . . 10 The Changeling . . . 11 A Song Against Care . . . 14 "Quelque part une Enfance très douce et mourir" . . . 16 Candle Light . . . 18 In the South . . . 20 Spring in the South . . . 22 "I am Weary, let me Sleep" . . . 24 Grief . . . 26 Daffodil Dawn . . . 28 Beauty . . . 29 The Vision . . . 31 The Dance . . . 33 The Prisoner of God . . . 36 The Storm . . . 38 St. Anthony . . . 41 Black Butterflies . . . 43 In Praise of Youth . . . 45 Opal Song . . . 47 Gifts . . . 48 Primrose Hill . . . 50 A Morning Song . . . 52 The Wings of Fortune . . . 53 Shadow Nets . . . 55 Peacocks. A Mood . . . 56 Hyacinthus . . . 58 Hylas . . . 61 Blue Flowers . . . 63 Madrigal . . . 64 Endymion . . . 65 Dance Song . . . 66 A Memory . . . 67 The Photograph . . . 69 St. Sebastian . . . 71 The Magic Mirrors . . . 73

The Inn of Dreams

Sweet Laughter! Sweet Delight! My heart is like a lighted Inn that waits Your swift approach . . . and at the open gates White Beauty stands and listens like a flower. She has been dreaming of you in the night, O fairy Princes; and her eyes are bright. Spur your fleet horses, this is Beauty's hour! Even as when a golden flame up curled Quivers and flickers out in a dark place, So is it with the flame of Beauty's face That torch! that rose! that wonder of the world! And Love shall weep to see when he rides by Years hence (the time shall seem as a bird's flight) A lonely Inn beneath a winter sky. Come now, sweet friends! before the summer die. Sweet Laughter! Sweet Delight!

The Kingdom of Heaven

O World that holds me by the wings, How shall my soul escape your snares? So dear are your delightful things, So difficult your toils and cares: That, every way my soul is held By bonds of love, and bonds of hate; With all its heavenly ardours quelled, And all its angels desolate . . .

Yet in the heart of every child, God and the world are reconciled! . . .

A Dream

I dreamed we walked together, you and I, Along a white and lonely road, that went I know not where . . . and we were well content. Our laughter was untroubled as the sky, And all our talk was delicate and shy, Though in that cage of words wild thoughts were pent Like prisoned birds that some sweet accident Might yet release to sing again, and fly. We passed between long lines of poplar trees . . . Where, summer comrades gay and debonair, The south wind and the sunlight danced . . . you smiled, With great glad eyes, as bright as summer seas, To feel their twinkling fingers in your hair . . And then you kissed me, quickly, like a child!

The Autumn Day

How delicately steps the autumn day In azure cloak and gown of ashen grey Over the level country that I love!

With glittering veils of light about her head And skirts of wide horizons round her spread White as the white wing feathers of a dove... Continue reading book >>




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