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YOUTH'S SONGS, by            
First Line: They lift upon the first rush of bright wings
Last Line: As gray leaves fallen to the wild white sea.
Subject(s): Youth


THEY lift upon the first rush of bright wings
Into the heaven of singing; and they dare
To glimpse unseen and utter tacit things,
And with unstained hands from the temple tear
The inmost veil to find if truth be there.
They chant in darkness with unbated breath
The age-old exorcisms of despair—
How may we sing who once have walked with death?
O Poet, Poet, lingering, lingering late
To dream fulfilment of star-high desire,
A little longer and in vain you wait
The flush of mystery, the cloak of fire;
Youth's songs have wings, but after-words shall be
As gray leaves fallen to the wild white sea.





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