24. Mai 2012

The Revelation (Coventry Patmore)

John Singer Sargent: Coventry Patmore

An idle poet, here and there,
Looks round him; but, for all the rest,
The world, unfathomably fair,
Is duller than a witling’s jest.
Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;
They lift their heavy lids, and look;
And, lo, what one sweet page can teach,
They read with joy, then shut the book.
And some give thanks, and some blaspheme
And most forget; but, either way,
That and the child’s unheeded dream
Is all the light of all their day.

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