Songs of the Common Day, and Ave!

An Ode for the Shelley Centenary

by Charles G.D. Roberts




THE fifers of these amethystine fields,
     Whose far fine sound the night makes musical,
     Now while thou wak'st and longing would'st recall
Joys that no rapture of remembrance yields,
Voice to thy soul, lone-sitting deep within

     The still recesses of thine ecstasy,
     My love and my desire, that fain would fly
With this far-silvering moon and fold thee in.

But not for us the touch, the clasp, the kiss,
     And for our restlessness no rest. In vain

     These aching lips, these hungering hearts that strain
Toward the denied fruition of our bliss,
     Had love not learned of longing to devise
     Out of desire and dream our paradise.