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To . . . In Church Post by :metalrabbit Category :Poems Author :Alan Seeger Date :June 2011 Read :3698

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To . . . In Church

If I was drawn here from a distant place,
'Twas not to pray nor hear our friend's address,
But, gazing once more on your winsome face,
To worship there Ideal Loveliness.
On that pure shrine that has too long ignored
The gifts that once I brought so frequently
I lay this votive offering, to record
How sweet your quiet beauty seemed to me.
Enchanting girl, my faith is not a thing
By futile prayers and vapid psalm-singing
To vent in crowded nave and public pew.
My creed is simple: that the world is fair,
And beauty the best thing to worship there,
And I confess it by adoring you.

Biarritz, Sunday, March 26, 1916.

(The end)
Alan Seeger's poem: To . . . In Church (sonnet)

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Seeing You Have Not Come With Me, Nor Spent Seeing You Have Not Come With Me, Nor Spent

Seeing You Have Not Come With Me, Nor Spent
Seeing you have not come with me, nor spentThis day's suggestive beauty as we ought,I have gone forth alone and been contentTo make you mistress only of my thought.And I have blessed the fate that was so kindIn my life's agitations to includeThis moment's refuge where my sense can findRefreshment, and my soul beatitude.Oh, be my gentle love a little while!Walk with me sometimes. Let me see you smile.Watching some night under a wintry sky,Before the charge, or on the bed of pain,These blessed memories shall revive againAnd be a power to cheer and fortify.(The end)Alan Seeger's poem: Seeing You

Why Should You Be Astonished That My Heart Why Should You Be Astonished That My Heart

Why Should You Be Astonished That My Heart
Why should you be astonished that my heart,Plunged for so long in darkness and in dearth,Should be revived by you, and stir and startAs by warm April now, reviving Earth?I am the field of undulating grassAnd you the gentle perfumed breath of Spring,And all my lyric being, when you pass,Is bowed and filled with sudden murmuring.I asked you nothing and expected less,But, with that deep, impassioned tendernessOf one approaching what he most adores,I only wished to lose a little spaceAll thought of my own life, and in its placeTo live and dream and have my joy in yours.(The end)Alan Seeger's poem: