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The Sweetest Song Was Ever Sung The Sweetest Song Was Ever Sung

The Sweetest Song Was Ever Sung
May soothe you but a little while: The gayest music ever rung Shall yield you but a fleeting smile. The well I digged you soon shall pass. You may but rest with me an hour: Yet drink, I offer you the glass, A moment of sustaining power, And give to you, if it be gain, Whether in pleasure or annoy, To see one elemental pain, One light of everlasting joy.(The end)George William Russell's poem: Sweetest Song Was Ever Sung... Poems - Post by : Tomas_Lod - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2606

The Joy Of Earth The Joy Of Earth

The Joy Of Earth
Oh, the sudden wings arising from the ploughed fields brown Showered aloft in spray of song the wildbird twitter floats O'er the unseen fount awhile, and then comes dropping down Nigh the cool brown earth to hush enraptured notes. Far within a dome of trembling opal throbs the fire, Mistily its rain of diamond lances shed below Touches eyes and brows and faces lit with wild desire For the burning silence whither we would go. Heart, O heart, once more it is the ancient joy... Poems - Post by : IWT8898 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2530

Age And Youth Age And Youth

Age And Youth
We have left our youth behind: Earth is in its baby years: Void of wisdom cries the wind, And the sunlight knows no tears. When shall twilight feel the awe, All the rapt thought of the sage, And the lips of wind give law Drawn from out their lore of age? When shall earth begin to burn With such love as thrills my breast? When shall we together turn To our long, long home for rest? Child... Poems - Post by : IWT8898 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2897

A Midnight Meditation A Midnight Meditation

A Midnight Meditation
How often have I said, "We may not grieve for the immortal dead." And now, poor blenchèd heart. Thy ruddy hues all tremulous depart. Why be with fate at strife Because one passes on from death to life, Who may no more delay Rapt from our strange and pitiful dream away By One with ancient claim Who robes her with the spirit like a flame. Not lost this high belief-- Oh, passionate heart, what is thy cause for grief? Is this thy sorrow now, She in eternal beauty... Poems - Post by : George_Ahrens - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 555

A Farewell (only In My Deep Heart I Love You) A Farewell (only In My Deep Heart I Love You)

A Farewell (only In My Deep Heart I Love You)
Only in my deep heart I love you, sweetest heart. Many another vesture hath the soul, I pray Call me not forth from this. If from the light I part Only with clay I cling unto the clay. And ah! my bright companion, you and I must go Our ways, unfolding lonely glories, not our own, Nor from each other gathered, but an inward glow Breathed by the Lone One on the seeker lone. If for the heart's own sake we break the heart,... Poems - Post by : TimCR - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 1550

The Child Of Destiny The Child Of Destiny

The Child Of Destiny
This is the hero-heart of the enchanted isle, Whom now the twilight children tenderly enfold, Pat with their pearly palms and crown with elfin gold, While in the mountain's breast his brothers watch and smile. Who now of Dana's host may guide these dancing feet? What bright immortal hides and through a child's light breath Laughs an immortal joy--Angus of love and death Returned to make our hearts with dream and music beat? Or Lugh leaves heavenly wars to free his ancient land; Not on the fiery steed maned with tumultuous flame... Poems - Post by : McEbook - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 545

Ordeal Ordeal

Ordeal
Love and pity are pleading with me this hour. What is this voice that stays me forbidding to yield, Offering beauty, love, and immortal power, Æons away in some far-off heavenly field? Though I obey thee, Immortal, my heart is sore. Though love be withdrawn for love it bitterly grieves: Pity withheld in the breast makes sorrow more. Oh that the heart could feel what the mind believes! Cease, O love, thy fiery and gentle pleading. Soft is thy grief, but in... Poems - Post by : Andrew_F - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 1556

The Everlasting Battle The Everlasting Battle

The Everlasting Battle
When in my shadowy hours I pierce the hidden heart of hopes and fears, They change into immortal joys or end in immemorial tears. Moytura's battle still endures and in this human heart of mine The golden sun powers with the might of demon darkness intertwine. I think that every teardrop shed still flows from Balor's eye of doom, And gazing on his ageless grief my heart is filled with ageless gloom: I close my ever-weary eyes and in my bitter spirit brood And am at one in vast despair with all the demon... Poems - Post by : Jock46 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 989

The Crown The Crown

The Crown
I wore in joy a radiant star; Its rays flew forth into the night; It made them glad who watched afar, And filled their gloom with happy light. Their eyes no more the light may win, And all the loves are changed to scorns. The rays of light pierce deep within, The star is now my crown of thorns.(The end)George William Russell's poem: Crown... Poems - Post by : jacko16 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2033

Hope In Failure Hope In Failure

Hope In Failure
Though now thou hast failed and art fallen, despair not because of defeat, Though lost for a while be thy heaven and weary of earth be thy feet, For all will be beauty about thee hereafter through sorrowful years, And lovely the dews for thy chilling and ruby thy heart-drip of tears. The eyes that had gazed from afar on a beauty that blinded the eyes Shall call forth its image for ever, its shadow in alien skies. The heart that had striven to beat in the heart of the Mighty too soon Shall... Poems - Post by : totalnet - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2420

An Irish Face An Irish Face

An Irish Face
Not her own sorrow only that hath place Upon yon gentle face. Too slight have been her childhood's years to gain The imprint of such pain. It hid behind her laughing hours, and wrought Each curve in saddest thought On brow and lips and eyes. With subtle art It made that little heart Through its young joyous beatings to prepare A quiet shelter there, Where the Immortal Sorrows might find a home. And many there have come; Bowed in a mournful mist of golden hair Deirdre hath... Poems - Post by : smallzer - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 3497

In Connemara In Connemara

In Connemara
With eyes all untroubled she laughs as she passes, Bending beneath the creel with the seaweed brown, Till evening with pearl-dew dims the shining grasses And night lit with dreamlight enfolds the sleepy town. Then she will wander, her heart all a laughter, Tracking the dream star that lights the purple gloom. She follows the proud and golden races after,As high as theirs her spirit, as high will be her doom.(The end)George William Russell's poem: In Connemara... Poems - Post by : Mateo1721 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2196

The Voice Of The Waters The Voice Of The Waters

The Voice Of The Waters
Where the Greyhound River windeth through a loneliness so deep, Scarce a wild fowl shakes the quiet that the purple boglands keep, Only God exults in silence over fields no man may reap. Where the silver wave with sweetness fed the tiny lives of grass I was bent above, my image mirrored in the fleeting glass, And a voice from out the water through my being seemed to pass. "Still above the waters brooding, spirit, in thy timeless quest; Was the glory of thine image trembling over east and west Not divine enough... Poems - Post by : visionmaster60 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2442

A Way Of Escape A Way Of Escape

A Way Of Escape
There's a way of escape through the Gate of Sorrow, A light at the end of the Path of Pain: But our joy and our love can have no to-morrow, And to drink is to sink to the earth again. There is death in the breath when our lips draw nigher, And we lay waste the plain for a flower to grow; And we build up the tower of an hour's desire With dust from the pit of its overthrow.(The end)George William Russell's poem: Way Of... Poems - Post by : rsienko - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 1387

The Feast Of Age The Feast Of Age

The Feast Of Age
See where the light streams over Connla's fountain Starward aspire! The sacred sign upon the holy mountain Shines in white fire: Wavering and flaming yonder o'er the snows The diamond light Melts into silver or to sapphire glows, Night beyond night: And from the Heaven of Heaven descends on earth A dew... Poems - Post by : a_warrior - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2511

Mistrust Mistrust

Mistrust
You look at me with wan, bright eyes When in the deeper world I stray: You fear some hidden ambush lies In wait to call me, "Come away." What if I see behind the veil Your starry self beseeching me, Or at its stern command grow pale, "Let her be free, let her be free?"(The end)George William Russell's poem: Mistrust... Poems - Post by : profitoasis - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2291

A Whom We Worship A Whom We Worship

A Whom We Worship
I would not have the love of lips and eyes, The ancient ways of love: But in my heart I built a Paradise, A nest there for the dove. I felt the wings of light that fluttered through The gate I held apart: And all without was shadow, but I knew The bird within my heart. Then, while the innermost with music beat, The voice I loved so long Seemed only the dream echo faint and sweet Of... Poems - Post by : Jon12345 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2179

A Memory A Memory

A Memory
You remember, dear, together Two children, you and I, Sat once in the autumn weather, Watching the autumn sky. There was some one round us straying The whole of the long day through, Who seemed to say, "I am playing At hide and seek with you." And one thing after another Was whispered out of the air, How God was a big, kind brother Whose home is in everywhere. His light like a smile comes glancing... Poems - Post by : dgordon76 - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 627

Beauty Beauty

Beauty
My spirit would have beauty to build its magic art Come hither, star of evening, and dwell within my heart Oh, twilight, fall in pearl dew, each healing drop may bring Some image of the song the Quiet seems to sing. My spirit would have beauty to offer at the shrine, And turn dull earth to gold and water into wine, And burn in fiery dreams each thought till thrice refined It may have power to mirror the mighty Master's mind. My spirit would have beauty to draw thee nigh, my bird.... Poems - Post by : trulyers - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 2842

Twilight By The Cabin Twilight By The Cabin

Twilight By The Cabin
Dusk, a pearl-grey river, o'er Hill and vale puts out the day-- What do you wonder at, asthore, What's away in yonder grey? Dark the eyes that linger long-- Dream-fed heart, awake, come in, Warm the hearth and gay the song: Love with tender words would win. Fades the eve in dreamy fire, But the heart of night is lit: Ancient beauty, old desire, By the cabin doorway flit. This is Etain's land and line,... Poems - Post by : jamgem - Date : November 2011 - Author : George William Russell - Read : 3375