Songs of the Common Day, and Ave!

An Ode for the Shelley Centenary

by Charles G.D. Roberts




HERE in the red heart of the sunset lying,
     My rest an islet of brown weeds blown dry,
     I watch the wide bright heavens, hovering nigh,
My plain and pools in lucent splendours dyeing.
My view dreams over the rosy wastes, descrying

     The reed-tops fret the solitary sky;
     And all the air is tremulous to the cry
Of myriad frogs on mellow pipes replying.

For the unrest of passion here is peace,
     And eve's cool drench for midday soil and taint.

To tired ears how sweetly brings release
     This limpid babble from life's unstilled complaint;
While under tired eyelids lapse and faint
The noon's derisive visions—fade and cease.