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Poem by Helen Gray Cone

A Memory

  Though pent in stony streets, 'tis joy to know,
  'Tis joy, although we breathe a fainter air,
  The spirit of those places far and fair
  That we have loved, abides; and fern-scents flow
  Out of the wood's heart still, and shadows grow
  Long on remembered roads as warm days wear;
  And still the dark wild water, in its lair,
  The narrow chasm, stirs blindly to and fro.

  Delight is in the sea-gull's dancing wings,
  And sunshine wakes to rose the ruddy hue
  Of rocks; and from her tall wind-slanted stem
  A soft bright plume the goldenrod outflings
  Along the breeze, above a sea whose blue
  Is like the light that kindles through a gem.

Helen Gray Cone

Helen Gray Cone's other poems:
  1. Ivo of Chartres
  2. Compensation
  3. Arraignment
  4. Sere Wisdom
  5. The Glorious Company

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Allingham A Memory ("Four ducks on a pond")
  • Rupert Brooke A Memory ("Somewhile before the dawn I rose, and stept") WAIKIKI, October 1913
  • Lewis Morris A Memory ("DOWN dropped the sun upon the sea")
  • George Russell A Memory ("YOU remember, dear, together")
  • Edward Sill A Memory ("UPON the barren, lonely hill")
  • Ina Coolbrith A Memory ("THROUGH rifts of cloud the moon's soft silver slips")

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