The Silent Dormitory and Other Poems
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: John Lockwood
Excerpt from book: THEO. 23 All too long rath icy sleep, Thou hast made the world to weep. Love hath might transcending thine: Thou art mortal, she 's divine : Thou slay'st all in earth, air, sea All save love, but love slays thee. THEO: OR, FROM OUT THE LIGHT. THEODORE CUTLER LEWISIN MEMORIAM. 1 Sweet is darkness, sweet is night: Sweet the fading of the light: Then the father home returns : Then the lamp of evening burns. Sweet to eyelids wont to weep, Sweet and soft the shutting sleep : Then the mind from pain set free Hath in dreamland liberty. Sweet is stillness, sweet is death : Sweet the ceasing of the breath: Then the chrysalis is shed, Then the soul's shut wings are spread. 24 TIIEO. " Darling hearts, O, do not weep: Dying is not what it seems: "Pis not silence, 'tis not sleep : Death alone the soul redeems, " Only thus could I be free, Free of passion, free of pain, Ne'er, O, ne'er to bow the knee To the earthy gods again. " Only thus could I be free, Free on wonder-wings to rove, Where to breathe is ecstasy, Where the atmosphere is love. " Nor has death torn us apart: Though my form ye see no more, I am to each loving heart Nearer now than e'er before. " Where'er in this realm of light, I may journey, I may roam, There before my inner sight Stands revealed the dear old home. " When ye gather, loving-wise, Hound the table, face to face, Could ye look with heaven-pure eyes Ye would see no vacant place." DESOLATE. 25 Sweet is morning, sweet is light: Sweet the fading of the night: Then, by sleep refreshed and strong, Goes the toiler forth with song. Sweet to hearts by grief undone, Sweet, O, sweet the rising sun: Touched by wafts of golden air, Fly the demons of despair. Sweet beyond expression's br...