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Th e P e rp e tu a l I ce -I m p ri son e d M i n i ste rs of
Au b u rn D a y
B y: M . R . P a g e

C o n te n ts
1 . " P u rp l e Rom e "
2 . " S ti m u l a te d th e U n i ve rse "
3 . " I n te rve n e "
4 . " Wri tte n i n th e Ra i n "
5 . " E l d e s t B o o ks "
6 . " E s s e n c e s o f W i t"
7 . " B o we r o f M a n "
8 . " E te rn a l F roze n D a y"
9 . " Th e O l d N orth e rn F a te "
1 0 . " S c e n te d B l u e "
1 1 . " E te rn a l H u e s"
1 2 . " D i scrown e d S ton e "
1 3 . " D e se rt of Ag e s"
1 4 . " Th e P rob a ti on of M a n "
1 5 . " A F e e b l e r Tru th "
1 6 . " WE ALTH "
1 7 . " L a d i e s o f J o y"
1 8 . " Th e P e rp e tu a l I ce -I m p ri son e d M i n i ste rs of Au b u rn
D a y"
1 9 . " H i s Am p l e S e e d s"
2 0 . " Ti m e , Th a t O l d Ap e "
2 1 . " G on e a n d N ot D e si re d "
2 2 . " Th e D a re "
2 3 . " Th i s Wi n d y F l oor of H e roi sm "
2 4 . " R e m e m b e r O u r M e e ti n g "
2 5 . " We e vi l of th e D a wn "

2 6 . " Th e Re a ch of You r Tra d e m a rk"
2 7 . " T h e P a th l e s s S wi m "
2 8 . " Wi l d e rn e ss a n d Th e e "
2 9 . " R. W. "
3 0 . " D i p , a n d You S h a l l Re m e m b e r"
3 1 . " B ri n g th e S l u m b e r We Ca n n ot Re m e m b e r"
3 2 . " T h a t F l u s h , Ra i s e d H o p e "
3 3 . " Th e D u ke a n d H i s An ch ori te "
3 4 . " B u rn e d a n d Re m e m b e re d "
3 5 . " I t I s Wh a t Re m e m b e rs"
3 6 . " T h e P a th to H e a v e n "
3 7 . " Th a t F i n a l P ra ye r"
3 8 . " R a i s e T h a t G l i d i n g M o m e n t"
3 9 . " Wa sh Th a t S h a d ow O u t"
4 0 . " Across th e S we e t Re m e m b ra n ce s"
4 1 . " Li fe Th a t M i g h t Li ve "
4 2 . " Th e Wron g D a y"
4 3 . " Th a t B e a u ty S u rp a ssi n g "
4 4 . " Lyre S tre n g th "
4 5 . " Th e D ru m Th a t S ou rs Re ve l ry"
4 6 . " E n e m i e s o f P e a ce "
4 7 . " F a s t S m o ke "
4 8 . " Th e Vi ctor Th a t Le a rn s"
4 9 . " Wh a t G o o d S h a l l D i s ci p l e s D o ? "
5 0 . " Th e E vi l E ye P e e rs"
5 1 . " Th e Wri tte n Word "

" P u rp l e Rom e "
F or th e p rom oti on of p u rp l e Rom e ,
S p a ce o f h a p p y co m e l i n e s s .
Ri g h t of th e E te rn a l ci ti e s ye t of th y n a tu re
F rom th e g e n i u s of fa i th i n m e .
E te rn a l su ccor of th e l a n d ;
F l e w of ol d , a n d ch ose n Re a son for h e r re p i n e , a n d
e xp orti n g re m orse .
H a v e o f m e , th y a s m e .
Th e Ae ol i a n sp i ce of N a tu re ' s ki n d re d woe
N e ve r o f h e a ve n
D ra wn of l e tte rs. O f ra i n ;
Li n k of th e su n a n d N e w wi th th y re tu rn
You h a ve m ore to te l l a n d tra d e ,
P e rve rse l y, of l a d i e s, of wa te r, or of l ove
H i d e from fu rth e r N a tu re ' s tra g e d y;
Th e m i n stre l of th e P oe m s,
P u b l i s h e d o f th e s o l a r l o v e
An d re m orse .

" S ti m u l a te d th e U n i ve rse "
N ow n a tu re h a s h i s h e roi c l i fe .
Th e l i fe of th e m a p l e s, p a st th e cu rta i n of d e w
Li fe , ou t of n oth i n g , a n d a g e s p a ss l i ke h e rd s.
B u t th i s m a n ,
At th e j u b i l e e
T h i s m a n w h o m i s l e d t h e ki n g s .
Wi th ve rse ,
S ti m u l a te d th e u n i ve rse to i n te rve n e .

" I n te rve n e "
Cou n tl e ss sou l s sh a l l re a d th e g a te
An d Re a son th a t i t wa s u s, a n d you b e n i g n ,
Th a t you we re fa i re r a n d we we re i l l ?
I n wi n te rs of G od , th e con g re g a ti on wi l l n e ve r kn ow th e
tru th ;
O r th e re a son for p ra i se ,
O r th e re a son for n a tu re
I wou l d tra d e a m i l l i on of m y b e re a ve m e n ts,
F or b e rri e s, or a b l a d e of th e cou n tl e ss g ra ss.
H e , h e of yore ,
Wh ose wi n d g a ve u s l i fe
G i ve u s a g a i n th a t te n d e r m u rm u r, th a t b l a zi n g b u sh th a t
we m i g h t fi n d
F a i th a d a m a n t
F o r a n e w s l a te o f c o m m a n d m e n ts
F or th e j oyfu l , ch e e rfu l , kn owl e d g e of m a n ki n d ,
S l a ke ou r th i rst;
T h o u o f ti m e
P a i n te d o f ti m e ,
I n te rve n e .

" Wri tte n i n th e Ra i n "
You of th e oth e r p l a ce wi l l se e th e a rt,
P l a n te d i n b oth H e a ve n a n d E a rth :
N o n e w sp e n t sp i ri t sa w i t d u ri n g l i fe , n ot e ve n m e .
E te rn a l fl owe rs,
E xa ct a tra g e d y;
D rown e d i n th e fl ood ,
A s h i n i n g a n d e xce l l i n g
E xa m p l e of th e b on d a g e -d a ys; of th e fi e l d a n d th e h a ze :
I n form s sh a l l n ot th e sa m e won d e r, l a u g h te r of m i n d , a n d
d a y - s ta r s e e
Th e wri ti n g i n th e ra i n ,
H e a r fa i th ; a n d b e h ol d th e l e tte rs wri tte n i n b e rri e s
B u t i f e a rth m i sl e a d s, a n d l ove s tra g e d y;
We wi l l si t i n th e a i ry e vi l ' ti l M a y-D a y
U n ti l th e sooth sa ye r' s p re d i cti on of th e ti m e of tra g e d y
com e s tru e
F or th e p ri ce of th e a tom s, va ri ou s
F ra g m e n ts of two;
G re a te r th a n th e Re a son of S ol om on ;
F a m e of th e g u i d e , of G od , of Ti m e ,
I s wh a t th e y b e stow.

" E l d e s t B o o ks "
M y t h o u g h t i s w a ki n g a d e i t y ;
Ag a i n of N a tu re , a n d p e rp e tu a l wi n e ,
Th e p a ra d i se of ti m e , a n d e l d e st b ooks,
An d of rh yth m of fe a r,
N ow b e a ts th rou g h th e m e a d ow, th e p i n e -tre e , a n d th e fa l l
Ab ove --th e p l e a sa n ce ,
O f th e u n a n swe re d q u e sti on s of m e n to N a tu re
Ch ord s of p l e a sa n ce ,
Th ou g h ts of N a tu re ' s ci p h e rs,
F a i re r h e roe s of ti m e ,
B l ood of j oy a n d tra g e d y;
Voya g e e ve ry j oyfu l m ou n ta i n a n d re tu rn

" E s s e n c e s o f W i t"
Wh o o f s p a ce
Th a t fl i e s,
W h i ch s h a l l b e , a s a n yo n e ' s e s s e n ce s o f wi t
F i t of m a n ' s m a n y h a l f-cl i m b e d b ou n d s,
Wh ose a u tu m n h e a rt' s p e a r i s m y cri m e
D ra wn of ti m e .
H e o f th e y e o m a n ' s l i g h t
Wh i ch m a n
P a y s th e d o c to r o f h o p e .
Th e n , we ca n kn ow th e sl e e p i n g N a tu re b l oom i n g a rou n d
us
An d d a i l y l i e i n con d e n se d J u n e ;
An d th e n wa i t a l l wi n te r for i ts re tu rn
An d ru l e th e j oy of sp ri n g
To m e , th e th ou g h t' s a l l m y d a i l y.

" B o we r o f M a n "
G rou n d of Ti m e , th e wa ste d a i r,
An d th e l ove of i ts wa r, a n d th e b ra i n s of sol e m n ru l e of
N i g h t,
B y G od s! I n te rp re te d N e wl y b e h e l d of a g e , of l i l i e s, of g i fts
a n d l ove rs;
We sti l l h a ve h i s sp e e ch ;
Wrote of b oth :
U n b ou n d e d of sl e e p i n g b a rd s of th e b e e s
L e a p s to th e b o we r o f m a n .

" E te rn a l F roze n D a y"
B O S TO N , of th e ta b l e ts of th e e a rth --h i s we a ry p oe m s,
th e a g e of G od , j oyfu l of th e re m orse .
H a ve i m m orta l p a y a n d ol d ;
S o ci a l wi s d o m .
I n th e s o u th ?
Wh e re fore ?
P u rg e r of th e m ysti c wa ki n g of th e e a rth -p ol e s of S p ri n g ,
a n d g ra n i te a n d th e n e rve of re m e m b ra n ce
O f b l ood ; h e wh o h a s n ot wri tte n i n th e a i r,
Pal e of g ol d .
An d of n i g h t!
Too th e sp i ri t, of ri g h t,
S u p p l i e d of tru th .
M ost of h a n d s, a n d l a rg e r h e a ve n s
D ra wn of G od s, fl e e t a n d sh a ri n g e te rn a l froze n d a y.

" Th e O l d N orth e rn F a te "
D u l l b u t Wi s e ,
Ye of h u m a n --n ot of g e n i u s,
Th e se th i n g s; tra d e cu n n i n g for n e w-fa l l e n d i vi n e s.
H i s j oyfu l m i rth ;
H i s e ssa ys u n d e r tru th .
Th e G o d h e a d o f n o n e ,
B u t th e ol d N orth e rn fa te l i e s i n th e ta ste of sp ort

" S c e n te d B l u e "
W h o u s e s co l o r we l l ?
L i e s o f a m a n , s c e n te d b l u e .
O r th a t sp e e d i n g tra d e ,
P e rve rse l y p ri m a l wi th p owe r,
Th a t wh i ch , m y D octor p re scri b e s: wi n e .
Th e ch i l d re n of ri ch fa te sh a l l se e th e h e a ve n l y b l u e
An d th e h e rm i t wi l l p i ty ou r i n te l l e ct,
Th e G re e ce of h e r l i g h t
L o s t th e s i l v e r to m e .

" E te rn a l H u e s"
E te rn a l h u e s;
Th e col or of th e N e w sky,
An d th a t m u ta ti on ;
O f cou n tl e ss b roa d vi sta s, d otte d wi th p a l m -tre e ;
Th e su n a n d th e ra i n ;
L i n k th e ti d i n g s o f d a y
An d fol d i n th e ti m e s of wi n e .

" D i scrown e d S ton e "
M a n l y m i g h ty vi rtu e , ou r h u m a n form sh a l l , th i s S p ri n g ,
s e e th e s p i c i e r G o d s ;
D i scrown e d ston e , ch e sh i re a rt.
G oe s to th e l a ke s, a n d th e i n n of fl owe rs,
Wh i ch of a l l Ch ri sti a n a g e s, h a s b e e n ,
Ti m e s of g ood
Th e M a n se , of H e a ve n , of E te rn i ty;
S e rve s th e Ae ol i a n n a tu re of th e we e d s
D u st of fi e l d , so b e n i g n ,
F a i r a n d j oyfu l p oe m s se e u s th rou g h ti m e s of i l l

" D e se rt of Ag e s"
B ooks, of th e d e se rt of a g e s,
An d th i n g s;
Tra d e d b y a n ci e n t cl e rg y for th e i r h ol y P oe m s
E te rn a l l y of g ra ve a rt, a n d d a y,
An d of th e E a rth a n d ki n g s,
I of th e g re a t P roj e ct
An d th e se a s i n cl u d e h e r com p e n sa ti on , of h u m a n a n d
p l a n ts , o f a m u n d a n e h u m a n s h e l l to d i s d a i n ,
Th e n a tu ra l n e cta r of E m e rson , of sp e e ch ;
Wri tte n i n b l a ze s of a d e i ty;
Ag a i n , you ob scu re th e word s, b e h i n d th e p h l e g m
R e n ti n g th e o l d , a d a m a n t, wi n e o f b e e s

" Th e P rob a ti on of M a n "
G re e k: of tru th ;
Re a s o n ' s o f G o d s ,
O r of b a rd s
D a u g h te r o f ti m e ,
Ti m e of th e d a y.
T h e s o u l o f th a t wi t;
B u t of m en
S a d , b u t, wi th b owe rs fu l l of si l ve r
Wh i ch , u l ti m a te l y, sh a l l b e th e p rob a ti on of m a n ;
I T o f s p a ce ,
Th e se th i n g s of h e r, of ti m e , th a t wh i ch cl a m ors for m i n e ;
Li g h t-l ovi n g , you th e n j oyi n g th e sp ort
I of sp h e re s,
An d of wi tn e sse s,
S h a ke th e form .

" A F e e b l e r Tru th "
O f th e worl d , we h a ve cou n te d a l l cou ra g e ,
Wh a t i t h a s i n b l a ze s, a fe e b l e r tru th , of fe a r,
N ow a p e a rl of l i fe sh i n e s
Wi th th e i l l u si on of d e a th , a n d m ore com p e n sa ti on , a ra i n
of g ol d ;
B u t th e l i n k of d u ty to ou r d e a d fri e n d s p rove s a l l of th e se
th e i n ci d e n ts j u st d ru n k m ol d y ve rse ,
S ti m u l a te d b y m ou rn i n g
Th e se ve rse s we wi l l to p oste ri ty.

" WE ALTH "
Wh o of l i fe , of h e a t
U n d e r i t I s h a l l b e th e g o o d .
E te rn a l l y of th e p u re st a rt,
An d of a g e s of a rt.
To i ts fi re , I con tri b u te m i n e
J u s t th e g o o d b i ts I h a v e c o l l e c te d .
E te rn a l l y sh a l l th e y won d e r wh a t I th ou g h t
O n a n o l d , u n kn o w n t i m e
Th e y wi l l won d e r wh a t g e n i u s wrote th e u n kn own p oe m ,
Th a t wa s a cci d e n ta l l y stru n g tog e th e r
An d i n th e h a l l of m i rrors of ou r a g e s, you m a y d i vi n e
Wh i stl i n g s of b l a ze s of rom a n ce ,
An d th e son g s e xce l l e n t e n ou g h to si n g i n wa r.
As of ol d ,
I ' m su re th e y p e rsi st

" L a d i e s o f J o y"
P a i n ti n g of h e r d re a m s, of th e l a d i e s of j oy
To l ove a n d a n g e l s, of wi n e .
Th e l i fe sh a l l b e fu rth e r of e l d e rb e rry,
Wh ose d u ti e s, a n d th ose of th e wi se ; sh a l l tu rn ou r woe of
ol d ben i g n ,
F a i re r D a e m on s a n d vi rtu e s, a fa m i l y of swe e t p oe m s
b orn e of m yse l f
An d th e fa m e of th e u n con ti n e n te d j oy
To p a l m s,
An d n a tu re , th e b l u sh i n g n a d i r of fi g s of p l e a sa n ce ,
D i p p i n g b e l ow th e b roa d b a rre l of th e ri fl e ;
S h ot ou t of cou ra g e , b u t re a l l y of fa te
E ve r i t ru sh e s, th e su n sh i n e of th y con ve n a n ce ,
An d , of p u re g rou n d fi l l e d wi th cou n tl e ss d e a d m e m b e rs
o f m a n ki n d ,
O f a l l m e n ' s wa rs
An d on th a t d a y; th a t d i vi n e d a y
O n H i s m orn i n g , th ose m e n wi l l b e stri p p e d of sou l s.

" Th e P e rp e tu a l I ce -I m p ri son e d M i n i ste rs of Au b u rn D a y"
I n tru th , a n yon e ' s h op e ca n ca l l th e l i g h tn i n g of re a son
B u t th e h ori zon d ra ws fa r
To th e fl a m e ;
Wh ose sp a ce h ol d s th e p e rp e tu a l i ce -i m p ri son e d
m i n i ste rs of Au b u rn d a y.
W h o s e d u l l a d a m a n ce e xce l l i n g
S h i n e s i n th e e ye s of ch i l d re n ' s b e n e vol e n ce .
Wh a t we i g h t cou n ts th e worth i n e ss of a m a n , i n g ol d ?
S ti l l , on th e e a rth , we m i n e ore a t l i fe ' s e xp e n se
An d b re a k th a t p re ci ou s con ve n a n ce ,
An d , th i s cri m e
D ra ws u s n ot, of g rou n d a n d b e e ch of ti m e , to a n e a rth
m ore b e n i g n ,
B u t wh a t, b u t n oth i n g , i s fa i re r th a n l ove ?

" H i s Am p l e S e e d s"
I fe e l g ood n e ss of th e sp h e re s,
An d g ol d ,
Th rou g h th e trop i c th e G od s work.
S tre a m i n g ove r th e p a l m ;
O n th e ol d p a th s, th rou g h th e n i g h t sky
P a i n ti n g a n y o n e a F a te
An e te rn a l su rp ri se ,
An d , of th e h u n d re d s of h i s a m p l e se e d s th e d e vi l sows;
E v i l i n wi n e ,
B l ood of m an ,
H i s sa cri fi ce

" Ti m e , Th a t O l d Ap e "
S u re l y, ti m e h a s d ra wn u s tog e th e r, h a n d som e l y
O l d ti m e h a s h a n d som e l y d ra wn u s ove rwh e l m i n g l y on
th a t e l e ctron i c h ou r
Tog e th e r, we a re d ra wn l i ke th ose ol d , i n d i vi d u a l a p e s
S u re l y, ti m e h a s b rou g h t u s tog e th e r i n th a t m i a sm a l
a tte n d a n c e
I t ove rwh e l m s ti m e
H a n d som e l y, i n Au g u sts of ol d , su re l y ti m e h a s d ra wn
tog e th e r ou r ch a rm
H ow su re we a re tog e th e r
Ti m e i s th a t ol d a p e
Ti m e i s n ot a n e xp a n se of va cu i ty

" G on e a n d N ot D e si re d "
R e a d w h a t h a s n o t kn o w n t h e l o s t
I , n ot th e p re va i l e d on e , h a ve l ost a n d n ot se e n wh a t you
h a v e kn o w n
Ta l k n ot of th a t wh i ch h a s b e e n m e a su re d , b u t of wh a t
h a s n ot b e e n m e a su re d
I h a v e n o t s e e n wh a t i s n o t ch a l l e n g e d
N o b o d y h a s kn o w n t h e l o s t
N o b o d y h a s s e e n th a t o f wh i c h y o u s p e a k
Kn own , b u t l ost, we h a ve m e a su re d b u t n ot we p t for wh a t
h a s n ot b e e n l e ft a n d wh a t h a s n ot b e e n
We h a ve n ot se e n wh a t i s l ost
We h a ve n ot se e n wh a t we h a ve d e si re d
N o n e ta l k o f wh a t h a s n o t b e e n s e e n to ta l k
L o s t , w e h a v e kn o w n w h a t w e h a v e n o t s e e n
Kn own , we h a ve n ot se e n wh a t we h a ve n ot d e si re d
U n kn own , u n m e a su re d , a n d u n m e a su re d so th a t n o on e
wi l l we e p for wh a t h a s n ot b e e n kn own
I , n ot l ost, b u t n ot kn own , a n d n ot se e n h a ve m e a su re d
wh a t a l l h a ve d e si re d
Th e y a re g on e , n ot l ost, b u t p re va i l e d of wh a t h a s g on e
a n d n ot b e e n d e si re d
N ot m e a su re d , b u t se e n , n ot we p t b u t sp oke n , n ot h e a rd
b u t, con ta i n i n g a l l th a t h a s b e e n m e a su re d we h a ve
d a rke n e d a n d l i n g e re d i n d e si re for kn owl e d g e
Th e m a n i s l ost a n d u n m e a su re d

" Th e D a re "
D o I fi n d wh a t d a re s to g row? I th i n k I sh a l l h a ve th e d a re
Re m a rk, a n d fe e l th a t you h a ve d i stu rb e d a l l
u n d e rsta n d i n g
I d a re to sm i l e , b u t I sa y th a t I h a ve d i e d
I su p p ose I h a ve p a sse d wh a t th e worl d ci rcu m scri b e s

" Th i s Wi n d y F l oor of H e roi sm "
You a l l , th e p e op l e of th e p a l m s
I c a l l y o u to o u r a tte n ti o n
I wi sh th e p re vi ou s m a y p a y for th e p rofi t we d e ri ve on
th i s wi n d y fl oor of h e roi sm
O u r sh a re re ce i ve d , sh u d d e ri n g i n th e d a rk, I se e wh a t
sh e h a s d i scove re d of ou r l ot
O u r b e g i n n i n g s, I p rovi d e , re a ch for th e sce n e of wh a t we
kn o w
U p on ou r te rm s, we re ce i ve th e m a n g o tre e
Th e re , p i l e s I h a ve se e n
O u r re a ch for th e b ottom of th e p a l a ce corri d or d oe s th e
work of th e fe m a l e Ti ta n s of ol d
L o c a te d a t th e b e g i n n i n g s o f ti m e , we b a th e i n th e p a l a c e ,
fu l l of th e ra zors th a t sn ow from m e ta p h ysi ca l m i n d s a n d
cu t ou r con sci ou sn e ss a s a rtfu l l y a s a d a n ce
O u rs th e a i r, I vi si t ou r e a rth l y b e d
O u r sp orti n g su d s re a ch a n d re vi ve ou r sn a rl e d fe e l i n g s
O u r sym p a th y for th e sh ri e k, a p rotozoa n se n se , e ch oi n g
th rou g h th e wi n d ow-p a n e s th a t re ce i ve th e wa rm re tu rn of
ou r wra th -b e a ri n g m i n d s
O u r p e n n y re fu se s th e sti ff, wa rm , kn owi n g , d i scove ry of
n oon
Wom e n re ce i ve th e sn ow
S h e fe e l s a n d u n d e rsta n d s ou r a l l

" R e m e m b e r O u r M e e ti n g "
You , b y m e
Ke e p o u r m e e t i n g
Te l l , b y m y l a u g h i n g , b y th e cop i e d tu rn of m y h i p , b y th e
wa y I si t a n d sp e a k a n d h e a r wh a t I h a ve fou n d , th a t I wi l l
ke e p o u r m e e t i n g
I h a ve sh a ve d th e b a se of e a ch tu rn
S a y wh a t yo u s p e a k o f
S p e a k, a n d h e a r, wh a t g oe s on i n you r m i n d ' s fl e sh
F i n d yo u r l a u g h
B e n e rvou s, b u t sp e a k b y m e
La u g h , b u t m u rd e r th e tu rn of n e rvou sn e ss th a t I re a d i n
yo u r l a u g h

" We e vi l of th e D a wn "
G rou n d i n th e ki tch e n , th e we e vi l of th e d a wn p e e rs ou t
th e wi n d o w
H e i s own e d b y Au tu m n , b u t, U n i te d wi th th i s ki tch e n , th e
sn ow on th e fl oors of th e b l ood y se a se ts th e fou n d a ti on
o f th e m e th o d
Th e Lord of th e G u l f, th e stre e t, th e se a , a n d th e fre e
p u b l i c g rou n d s th e d a rk th rou g h th e wi n d ow a s th e cora l
l a d y ob se rve s
Th e u se r wa tch e s th e fra m e work a s th e sl i g h te st G u l f
b e twe e n H i m a n d th e worl d
P e rj u re d , th e stre e t-se a , th e m a xi m u m p ri n ce m e m ori ze s
th e s e a
B ol d i n th e fa i th of th e wa rm l a m p l i g h t, th e wra th -b e a ri n g
sa wd u st-tra m p e d wa te r d oe s th e re m a i n d e r of th e work
Th e wi n d ow th rou g h wh i ch th e p e rson se e s th e e ye s of
th e U n i te d S e a fi l l s th e b i rch tre e s wi th n i g h ti n g a l e s a n d
th e tru e stre n g th of th e se a , a n d th e th i g h s of th e storm y
h a l l s of B oston re ve a l th e e ye s
We n e e d th e p e rm i ssi on of th e n e w se a to p e rj u re th e
p a rrot on th e m a n te l p i e ce of th e U n i te d S ta te s
Th e p ri n ce a p p roa ch e s th e se con d se a of th e wa rm , ol d
rocks
D e vou t, th e m a n g o-tre e , a n d th e e n d of th e se a n u m b e rs
th e d a wn s u n d e r th e g rou n d wa te r b ottom
Th e n u m b e r of p h ra se s wri tte n on th e m oon b e a ts th e
p rotozoa l d i n i n g -ta b l e , d ra wn b y th e own e r of th e wi n d
a n d th e vi ol i n s a n d th e sh u d d e ri n g , ol d a fte rn oon
Th e stre n g th of th e se a , a n d th e m u si c of th e g rou n d a re
th e sa m e a s th e p e rson of th e ra ve n a fte rn oon
Vi ol i n s h e ra l d th e fou n d a ti on of th e se a , a n d th e b e d of
th e rock
Th e m i ssi on of th e worl d con ti n u e s a s th e ye a rs p i l e
H ot a n d sh u d d e ri n g , th e se a i s fu l l of a n g u i sh of th e
g a rd e n , cra vi n g th e m u d , a n d th e h ou se , a n d th e sh a ki n g
kn e e s of th e sou l s th a t h e a r th e g re a t h orn

" Th e Re a ch of You r Tra d e m a rk"
M a y a l l , u p o n a l l , l e t u s m e e t yo u
O f a l l , wh o kn e w? We a re l oca te d u p on th e re a ch of you r
tra d e m a rk
D e ca ye d , we m e e t u p on th e h a n d s of g l a ss th a t re ce i ve
wh a t we u n d e rsta n d
Cru m p e ts m e e t a n d a g re e u p on l u xu ri e s
U p on wh a t we fe e l , a n d d e ri ve , a n d kn ow we m u st ob ta i n
th e con ce n tra te d d i scove ry of th e g a sh th a t h a s b e com e
th e ca u se of ou r g ri e f
Th e se cti on th a t you kn ow, a n d fe e l , a n d re tu rn to, p u l l s
u p o n th e d i m , d y i n g s u n
U p on u s, th e su n i n d i ca te s, i n h u sh e d ton e s, wh e re to
wa l k
We com p l y a n d re tu rn , a n d re a ch u p on a d e ri ve d
a g re e m e n t i n a h oth ou se
We fe e l a l l of th e su n ' s h e a t

" T h e P a th l e s s S wi m "
Wh a t g row' st i n th a t va l l e y
An d wa s swi m i n g a rou n d th e p i l g ri m ' s n e w h om e ,
An d h u n g th a t b e a u ti fu l wre a th for th e e ,
An d wra th ,
An d ol d ,
F o r t h y s a ke ,
Ri se on th e p a th l e ss swi m a n d a n d fe e l th e q u i e t a n d
s wa ys
I t s e ts th e v i s i o n th a t wo o s m e
An d a l l g re e n , th e e ,
L o v e s th a t wa s h e r s h o u l d h a v e m e t m e .
An d l i e wi th th e e ,
Th e l i te ra ry m om e n ts th a t m e t l ove ' s l a ce h ol d s th a t wh i ch
we ca n n o t
P u re l y, we m ove a n d e xp e ri e n ce sorrow th a t b u rn e d ,
F rosty a n d we e p i n g a n d a l i ve i n i m a g i n a ti ve sh a d ows of
th e d a y.
An d n e ve r you rs
Th a t a n g e l th a t n e ve r stre a m e d so fl e e ti n g l y
An d scorn e d th e m ove s a l on e i n th e a l l e y
An d , on ce we g e t i n to town ;
T h a t i s t h e w a y i t w i l l l o o k,
Th a t wh i ch we b ri n g , th a t wh i ch re m e m b e rs.

" Wi l d e rn e ss a n d Th e e "
M a n y-we a p on e d , th e y ca rri e d a l l th e y cou l d l i ft
An d fe a th e re d th a t town ;
Th a t l i fe , you rs
I t wa s you rs, ca rri e d a l on g th e g l ob e i n you r b od y, sl ow,
An d se e
S e e l i b e rty th a t oft-d re a d e d force .
An d th e e ,
An d th e e ,
I n th e wi l d e rn e ss, a n d se e
I t l ooks for you
Th a t h e re you a re , b u t i t se e m e d i t wa s h e r
Th a t b u rn e d you wi th h e r l ove a n d ou r m e e ti n g wa s th a t
l i ft
I n i m a g i n a ti ve , l i t, sl ow wa tch e s th e l yre si n g s
An d ca rve d th a t town of l a ce to ri se a g a i n
Th a t wa s wi l d e rn e ss a n d th e e .

" R. W. "
R. W. a n d th ou fe l t a l l m i g h t i n fe st you r sou l s, a n d wa i t
Th a t sh e fi l l s i t u p , a n d a g a i n
An oth e r ri se
M u s i ca l l y
An d th e l a y
Al l a t on ce , re m e m b e re d

" D i p , a n d You S h a l l Re m e m b e r"
Ta ke s th e sta rk m e m ory,
An d h a n g th a t p ri n te d , a l l -swi m i n g , tra n sfi g u ra ti on th a t oft
fi l l s th e a i r wi th th y sh a d ows
Th a t d a rkn e ss, th a t fa r wi l d e rn e ss, a n d h i m toi l i n g to fl y
An d to l ove , i n th e m i d st of th a t n i g h t, a l l th a t sti rs th a t
sh a l l m ove n i g h t, a n d d a y.
T h a t m a d e wh a t s h o u l d c a n n o t b e m a d e : th e e ,
Th e stre n g th
An d swi m ; d i p , a n d you sh a l l re m e m b e r.
E n te r th a t stra n g e p l a ce , i t tre m b l e s, a n d i t n e ve r d ra ws
th e ch i l l th a t g ri e ve s.
B u t l e t th a t b e h e r l yre
Wh i l e h e r e n e m i e s e n te r a n d swi m th a t p a th l e ss g re e n
th a t b u rn e d ,
An d on ce we e n te r th a t b u rn e d g re e n , we wi l l b e on e !

" B ri n g th e S l u m b e r We Ca n n ot Re m e m b e r"
I t ch e a p e n s, i t d oe s se e m , wh e n I e n te r th e fl owe rs,
Th a t fu rn i sh e s th e l yre
An d h e r, sh e i s m u ch b e a te n
An d so th e g l oom ,
As e ve r th e a n g e l th a t b ri n g s i t l i ve s i n th a t sa i l , th a t tou ch
th a t sh a l l b ri n g th e sl u m b e r we ca n n ot re m e m b e r
An d we a ry,
I t wa s th e e , th e e ,
An d woe , a n d m i g h t th a t l ove s, th a t d ra ws th e wa ve
T h a t we n t
Th i th e r a n d tra n sfi g u re s a n d sta ys n e ve r b u t wa s a va l l e y
T h a t h a u n ts th e i l l i m i ta b l e v a l l e y
An d l ove s, for wh i ch i t we e p s we re fa i r to th e e ,
T h a t wa v e
Th a t sh a d ow, th e e ,
Th e e ,
Bu t l ie
I n th e v a l l e y
An d we two th a t b oth l i ve i n i t, si n k n ot.
T h a t ti m e wi th th e e ,
T h e s ta y th a t wa s ;
I t se e m e d a n d b u rn e d ,
An d h a ve g i ve n h e r th e sta n d i n g , b e a u te ou s th e e , th a t
h e a rs m e .

" T h a t F l u s h , Ra i s e d H o p e "
Ta ke th e e , i t ca n n ot h a ve th a t wh i ch i t sp a ke
An d sh i n e s i n th e m i d st of th a t totte ri n g sp e e ch
An d m oa n a n d se e m
An d l i e
Am on g th e h a p p y sta rs,
T h a t s h a l l th e th o u g h t- Li t a n d d re a m e d th a t se ts th e we l l a n d i n fe sts th e h e e d
th a t g l i d e s a n d si g h s a n d fi l l s i ts fi l l s b y sa i l i n g
H a p p y th a t wh e re th e p rod u ct a n d you ra i se th a t th ou g h t
a n d we e p s i n th e sky for th a t fl u sh , ra i se d h op e I se e !
An d h e a r wh a t I d re a m e d .

" Th e D u ke a n d H i s An ch ori te "
I ca n n ot we e p for th e m a i d e n d e p l ori n g .
An d I ca n n ot sa i l
An d m e e t th a t wh i ch we m u st l e a rn
O ve r m i d n i g h t, th a t p a rt of th e n i g h t
Th a t wa s worn ,
Th a t sti rs, a n d i s th e e ,
Th a t fre e s u s, b u t we b oth wi sh th a t we m u st ri se
An d n e ve r g o
Th a t worsh i p sh a l l b u t g ri n
An d fol l ow-An d th e wi sh for fi l l i n g cl e a rs th e e ,
Wa tch i t a l l --th e d u ke a n d h i s a n ch ori te
An d d a rkn e ss th a t kn ows m e .
Th a t n ow, ca n n ot h e a r m e .

" B u rn e d a n d Re m e m b e re d "
Fl y
An d m e e t th a t col d b e a t
An d oft a wa y, th e m e e ti n g ,
B u rn e d , a n d re m e m b e re d .
O n th e si d e i t totte rs a n d tra ce s,
F i fty ch e a p e n e d p a th s th a t sl owl y tra ce
Th a t wh i ch i s too fa r to m ove
Th a t h e a rt h a s n e e d e d a swi m , th a t g l i d e i n th e wa te r th a t
p l a ys
Th ose swi m s u se d to se e m won d e rfu l i n th e va l l e y
T h a t b e a r s to o d ; a n d h a d th e e ,
An d m e t th e l i e s th a t b ri n g p u re we e p i n g . S e e !
An d d a l l i e d ,
An d a l on e , th a t ti m e tra ce s th e fa ct th a t som e kn ow
S l ow, th e y ca rri e d th a t g l i d e a n d g l i d e d a l on g :
N ow ri se !

" I t I s Wh a t Re m e m b e rs"
T h e y h u n g yo u ,
An d wi n d s th a t ra i se d a n d toi l e d i n th e n i g h t, th a t g l i d e d
a n d p a s s e d th e th o u g h t, b u t wi s h e d to h o l d th a t wi th i n
yo u ,
An d b e ,
Th a t wh i ch ca n n ot e n te r a n d m a y l e a rn
Wh a t fi n a l l y su rp a sse s
Th e y sa y, " You m u st g o a cross a n d a d ore -An d l ook a t wh a t sta ye d i n th a t va l l e y"
Th a t sky, th e e , i t i s wh a t re m e m b e rs.

" T h e P a th to H e a v e n "
I t sai l ed
An d n ow, i t a l l g oe s to you ,
I t m a y h a ve worn ,
An d i s d ri ve n
An d tou ch e s th a t wh i ch fol l ows-An d th e y. . .
T h e y h e a r yo u
An d m a ke
Wh a t a t on ce sh ou l d d o n ow, a n d g o
O n c e I s to o d ; a n d s h a l l d o th e th i n g th a t m e e ts th e m o v e s
a n d fe e l s H e a ve n a n d tra ve l s th i th e r wh e re a l l i s col d
Th a t fi sh e d , a n d a l l th a t kn ow th e e , you wi l l se e !
An d d e a th l e ss, som e you kn ow a re b a ck i n th e ca st
An d som e a re n ot.
Th ose th a t h a ve g on e to b rood
Th e y s h a l l s e e !
An d h op e i t wa s a l on e th a t th e y d re a m e d , a t l e a st
F l owe rs i n th e ch i l l m e e t a n d g ri e ve
An d m a ke s m u ch of th a t, b u t th ou g h we se e m to h a ve
p a rte d
B y th a t sa b re -stroke of D e a th
We fi n d ou rse l ve s m a d e , i n th e m i d st of ou r l e a rn i n g
We com e to h e a r th e i r we e p i n g to kn ow th e d a y a g a i n ,
a n d th e p e op l e wh o on ce we e p e d a n d l i ve d a re n ow th a t
sh a d ow,
An d th e sl ow;
Th a t totte r, a n d m i g h t fe e l a l on e , n ow fl oa t a l on g th e
wi n d ' s l i fts
Th ou g h stra n g e th a t m a y se e m
F e e l th e wi n d th a t m ove s, th a t re m e m b e rs.
B u t wooe d , a n d swe e t; you ca n n ot b e ta ke n to th a t fi n a l
p l a ce wh e re we sta n d a s e a si l y a s we fl y
An d th e p oor, a n d th e sce n e s th a t we kn ow of E a rth
Are b u t a m om e n t i n a se a of ti m e

" Th a t F i n a l P ra ye r"
H . W. m e t m e a n d kn e w th e wi n d s th a t we wi sh to tre m b l e
wi th l i fe th a t fe e l s wh a t h a s g i ve n u s th a t fi n a l p ra ye r,
Th a t we sh ou l d sa i l a n d u tte r a n d ra i se a n d woo, i n to
e te rn i ty
An d g o wi th ou t th ru st
An d b e ,
An d n e ve r fa l l .
B u t b re a th e d , a n d b u rn e d ,
An d h e re b u t to l e a rn ,
B y th a t l e a f, th a t h u n g th e e ,
An d owe ,
An d sm i l e th a t we we re on ce
Th a t th u s, n o on e we e p s a n d b ri n g s sca tte re d stra i n s of
m u s i c th a t we s h a l l o we ,
An d g l i d e :
An d n e ve r ra i se d e p l ori n g .
E n j o y th a t m u te b e a u ty !

" R a i s e T h a t G l i d i n g M o m e n t"
I t wa s two th a t m a d e th e e , wh e n G od tra ce d you ,
An d fu rn i sh e s you a s you a re , a n d you we re l ove d , b u t
n ow you ca n n ot d re a m th a t m om e n t, n ow th a t you a re
a rch e d a n d b rood i n g
R e m e m b e r th a t m o m e n t, h u n g i n th e d e p th s o f y o u r
m e m ory, a n d l i t b y th a t fl yi n g m e m ory
R e m e m b e r wh a t yo u o we ,
G o n e a r th a t m om e n t, i n you r m i n d , a n d h e a r th e stra i n
th a t g l i d e s wh e re you stood ; a n d re m e m b e r th e wi l d -rose
a n d ti m e a n d wh o we p t for you wh e n you se e m e d to b e i n
th e worst ti m e , a s i t se e m e d to th e e ,
B u t g l i d e a n d sta y wh e re we stood .
An d ra i se th a t g l i d i n g m om e n t
I n th e m i d s t o f th e m o m e n t th a t g i v e s u s th e s h a d o w th a t
ye a rn e d !
An d m ove s so th a t we m a y h a ve se e m e d a p a rt of i t a l l
W h a t d o w e kn o w ?

" Wa sh Th a t S h a d ow O u t"
Th e oth e r swi m i n g p e op l e m a y h e a r, a n d b ri n g , a n d m ove
th e sp i ri t th a t fi l l e d you ,
T h e wa te r to u c h e s y o u , a n d d a l l i e d i n y o u r s o u l ,
H o p e th a t i t c a n wa s h th a t s h a d o w o u t o f th e e ,
Th a t i t wou l d ta ke th e l e a f from you r h e a rt a n d g l i d e i n to
som e on e th a t n e ve r wore ,
W h a t i t we a v e s
An d n e ve r we e p s for wh a t cl u n g to th a t d e vi l -wooe d sou l ,
We sh ou l d we e p a n d l i ve .
I n ste a d of d yi n g wi th th a t stra i n

" Across th e S we e t Re m e m b ra n ce s"
Th a t m om e n t, a n d m u ch of i t g oi n g to th e e , h e re b e p a rt
of i t
Th a t stre n g th
Th a t m a y p a ss d e p l ori n g .
I t h as sai l ed
An d som e th i n g th a t ch e a p e n s th e m e a n i n g th a t i s n o
l on g e r cl e a r, a n d wi l l b e th a t wh i ch we kn ow h a s e xi ste d :
An d H i m , wi th th a t, tog e th e r;
H e re we sta n d a n d worsh i p a n d m ove th a t wh i ch ca n n ot
g row a n d e ve r i n th e m i d st of th e h e a rt th a t we e p s
B u t i t wa s h e th a t m a d e u s sta n d th e fi st
We sh a l l p ra y,
T h a t we s a w th e s i g h t th a t s e e s !
An d fl i e s
An d fol l ows-An d l ove s th e wi t th a t H e a ve n sca tte re d , fl oa ti n g a m on g
h u m a n i ty,
S ta n d i n g ; a t m i d n i g h t, th a t wh i ch si g h s a n d ra i se s a l l th a t
sees!
We we re g i ve n th a t we e p i n g ra i se d l ove b u t worsh i p e d
a n d i t b u t re m e m b e rs.
An d we sa w H e a ve n i n i t
I m a g i n a ti ve a n d stra n g e a s th e l yre
An d th e we st
An d th e th ou g h t for wh i ch you ca n n ot l ook
Th e word th a t G od sa ys i s n e ve r th e p a th of l i e s, b u t
g re e n a n d l ovi n g to th e e ,
Th a t h e a rs th e e ,
B u t th e e , b u rn e d ,
An d d a l l i e d ,
An d p a tch e d wi th h e r m i g h t m u st h a ve a n d l ove d th a t
worsh i p a n d wi l d -rose a l l tog e th e r;
Th e rose , i l l i m i ta b l e a n d fre sh i n i ts tra ce ,
I t ca n n ot toi l a cross th e swe e t re m e m b ra n ce s.

" Li fe Th a t M i g h t Li ve "
S e e m s ch e a p e n e d th i n g s oft swi m wi th th e a n g e l of G od
th a t b e n d s for th e ch e a p e n e d th i n g s
An d i t sh a l l b e for th e se d e b a se d on e s th a t th e a n g e l
g i ve s fl i g h t
An d tou ch e s th e e ,
An d we we e p a n d fi sh a n d stra i n a n d l ook
F or th e h on ore d , a n d th e i r l i e s
Th a t stre n g th
An d l i fe th a t m i g h t l i ve wi th th e e ,
Th e e ,
B u t a sm a l l p a rt
Th a t d ra ws a n d l ooks
An d th u s, l ove s th e e ,
Th e e , th a t h a ve th ru st
An d wa s p a rt of m e .

" Th e Wron g D a y"
T h e y c a n n o t b e h a p p y wi th y o u ,
I f you a re l ove d a n d tra ce d ,
An d m a ke th a t m e e ti n g ,
An d u se d th a t kn owl e d g e
I a rch for th a t tre m b l i n g , a n d d i d d re a m of th ose two th a t
d o h a n g n ow, th ose th a t stood i n th e wron g p l a ce , on th e
wron g d a y.
Th a t fl u sh ca n n ot b e a l on e , a n d n o ve rse s fl y a wa y i n to
th e h e roi c H e a ve n th a t stood .
I t i s th e th i n g th a t d ra ws th e se ts, a n d sh e , h e r h a p p i n e ss
th a t we e p s ,
An d g row' st th a t l i e
Th a t si g h th a t cl oth e s th e tre m b l i n g th ou g h t a n d th ru st
An d sp e d d own th e roa d wi th m e .

" Th a t B e a u ty S u rp a ssi n g "
You ca n n ot--sh a l l n ot--u se i t
D o w e e p a n d kn o w t h a t i t c a n n o t d o ,
T h a t l i e s twa i n
An d n e ve r m i g h t b e m e
Th a t b e i n g sh ou l d re m e m b e r
S te e p e d i n j u st ca u se s, i t wa s m i g h t for wh i ch you l ove d
th o s e c a u s e s ,
G l i d e fa r, b u t d o n ot h e a r th a t wh i ch re m e m b e rs.
Wh a t wa s th e m e m ory?
Th a t fa ra wa y we e p i n g , we h e a rd i t a l l ; i t se e m e d to b e th e
h e a rt th a t sta ye d d e p l ori n g , a n d cl ove n
An d i t se e m s th a t th e sta rs ta ke u s.
We kn ow we a re tog e th e r;
An d we g i ve th a t toi l th a t wa s p a rte d , a n d g l i d e i n to th e
fe e l i n g a n d ra i se m y h e a rt th a t g l owe d !
Kn o w t h e s i g h t i t s e e s !
M om e n t' s th a t tra ce , a n d sta n d ; a n d sti r sl owl y
H e a ve n a n d th a t l i fe h a u n ts th e se a wa rd col d wi th th a t
b e a u ty su rp a ssi n g

" Lyre S tre n g th "
Wh o m a d e th e p oe m s th a t ra i se d you r sp i ri ts?
Th a t h a ve wi sh e d for h e r h e a rt, th a t h e a rs wh a t you th i n k
P a rte d from si g h s i n th e d a m p s of th e sky
S tra n g e i s th a t ri se
Th a t a rch th a t h e ca st--a n d wa s m e .
H e a r th a t l yre a n d stre n g th
L e a v e th e we e p i n g d a y i n th a t to wn ;
An d fre sh , g l i d e ove r th a t tra ce ,
An d g l i d e a n d fl y
O ve r th e sca tte re d p a rts, a n d sta y
B u t re m e m b e r th e m a i d e n th a t b e n d s, a n d totte rs, a n d
n e e d s to m ove to th e Lyri cs

" Th e D ru m Th a t S ou rs Re ve l ry"
Lowl y i s th e d ru m th a t sou rs;
An d d e fi e s m y re ve l ry a n d d i stri b u te s wi sd om ,
Th e d ru m m e r ca rri e d i t, sa d ,
A Ro m a n .
D i stri b u ti n g fa i r l u re s
N e a r p a l a ce s l i t i n th e e ve n i n g wi th B ri g h t ston e re cl a i m e d
from th e ru i n s of Atl a n ti s a ri se n .

" E n e m i e s o f P e a ce "
D a m a g e d a n d d own i t d re a m e d
Wi th ru b y wi n d s d e p l ori n g .
F l e e ti n g a n d su ffe ri n g a n d d we l l i n g u n h a p p y, th i n son g s
E n e m i e s o f p e a ce ,
P e rh a p s th e com p u te r d re a m e d th e woe ;
Th e fl e e t; i t sta ye d on E a rth , a l on e a fte r th e wa rfa re
I t b a ttl e d a n d fou n d th a t i n d i re ct wa y!
F or fl owe rs,
I t d re a m e d of th e se a ,
S u l l e n a n d w e a k, - An d H e a ve n to se e k
Th e p e a rl th a t n a rrows th a t sorrow
S cou rg e d a n d b a th e d a n d tre m b l i n g , we i n fl i cte d th e
wra th
B ri g h t fre e d om : l i ke th e b ri g h t n oon
Al m ost fa l l i n g , a n d b ou n d l e ss b ri g h tn e ss h ol d i n g th e su n ,
F ri n g e d i n tru th ,
B ri g h t i n sky,
Al m ost i n th e a b yss, th i s cu ri ou s b ri g h tn e ss
B ri g h t to th e p oi n t of b l a ckn e ss, b ri g h t fi re
I n on e sa b re -stroke
W i s d o m t a ke n b a c k,
E n e m i e s fe l t th e g rou n d -swe l l

" F a s t S m o ke "
I n fl e e cy fe a th e re d voi ce s
F i fty e ye b a l l s a l m ost b l oom e d
Al m ost i n th e storm , -Al l wi sd om i n fa st sm oke p ri n te d th e cri m son l yri cs


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