Songs of the Common Day, and Ave!

An Ode for the Shelley Centenary

by Charles G.D. Roberts




NOW, for the night is hushed and blind with rain,
     My soul desires communion, Dear, with thee.
     But hour by hour my spirit gets not free,—
Hour by still hour my longing strives in vain.
The thick dark hems me, even to the restless brain.

     The wind's confusion vague encumbers me.
     Even passionate memory, grown too faint to see
Thy features, stirs not in her straitening chain.

And thou, dost thou too feel this strange divorce
     Of will from power? The spell of night and wind,

     Baffling desire and dream, dost thou too find?
Not distance parts us, Dear; but this dim force,
     Intangible, holds us helpless, hushed with pain,
     Dumb with the dark, blind with the gusts of rain!