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Poem by William Ernest Henley


Echoes. 22. The West a Glimmering Lake of Light


The West a glimmering lake of light,
   A dream of pearly weather,
The first of stars is burning white
   The star we watch together.
Is April dead?  The unresting year
   Will shape us our September,
And Aprils work is done, my dear
   Do you not remember?

O gracious eve!  O happy star,
   Still-flashing, glowing, sinking!
Who lives of lovers near or far
   So glad as I in thinking?
The gallant world is warm and green,
   For May fulfils November.
When lights and leaves and loves have been,
   Sweet, will you remember?

O star benignant and serene,
   I take the good to-morrow,
That fills from verge to verge my dream,
   With all its joy and sorrow!
The old, sweet spell is unforgot
   That turns to June December;
And, tho the world remembered not,
   Love, we would remember.



William Ernest Henley


William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. In Hospital. 22. Pastoral
  2. Attadale, West Highlands
  3. Beside the Idle Summer Sea
  4. Echoes. 28. Blithe Dreams Arise to Greet Us
  5. Echoes. 27. She Sauntered by the Swinging Seas


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