Birds of Paradise

Golden-winged, silver-winged      Winged with flashing flame, Such a flight of birds I saw,      Birds without a name: Singing songs in their own tongue—      Song of songs—they came.      One to another calling,           Each answering each,      One to another calling      In their proper speech: High above my head they wheeled,           Far out of reach. On wings of …

Paradise

Once in a dream I saw the flowers       That bud and bloom in Paradise;       More fair they are than waking eyes Have seen in all this world of ours. And faint the perfume-bearing rose,       And faint the lily on its stem, And faint the perfect violet,       Compared with them. I heard the songs of Paradise: …

Two Pursuits

A voice said ‘Follow, follow’ : and I rose        And followed far into the dreamy night,        Turning my back upon the pleasant light. It led me where the bluest water flows, And would not let me drink : where the corn grows        I dared not pause, but went uncheered by sight        Or touch : until …