Ernest Myers(13 October 1844 - 25 November 1921 / Keswick / England)
The Seamaids' Music
- by Ernest Myers28
One moment the boy, as he wander'd by night Where the far spreading foam in the moonbeam was white, One moment he caught on the breath of the breeze The voice of the sisters that sing in the seas.
One moment, no more: though the boy linger'd long, No more might he hear of the mermaidens' song, But the pine-woods behind him moan'd low from the land, And the ripple gush'd soft at his feet on the sand.
Yet or ever they ceas'd, the strange sound of their joy Had lighted a light in the breast of the boy: And the seeds of a wonder, a splendor to be Had been breath'd through his soul from the songs of the sea.
- by Ernest Myers23
Blood of my blood, bone of my bone, Heart of my being's heart, Strange visitant, yet very son; All this, and more, thou art.
In thy soft lineaments I trace, More winning daily grown, The sweetness of thy mother's face Transfiguring my own.
That grave but all untroubled gaze, So rapt yet never dim, Seems following o'er their starry ways The wings of cherubim.
Two worlds man hardly may descry, (For manhood clouds them o'er), Commingled to mine inward eye Are shadowed forth once more:
That lost world, whither man's regret With fictive fancy turns; That world to come, where brighter yet The star of promise burns.
Time and his weary offspring Care Fade in that gaze away; One moment mystically fair Lives on, one timeless day.
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