Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A HEART-HAUNTED HOME, by JANE BARLOW

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A HEART-HAUNTED HOME, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: At lisnamaine, since thither he comes no more
Last Line: Let so his eyes be dark, his heart be cold.
Subject(s): Absence; Haunted Houses; Mothers & Sons; Shadows; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Loneliness

'The heart-haunted home of the ever-faithful Gael.'

AT Lisnamaine, since thither he comes no more,
'Tis but a-dream he sees where, little and lone,
The rough grey house sits like a boulder-stone
Fast by the foam-rimmed murmuring of the shore.
Only beyond black shadow across the floor
Yet glimmers red, as many a year agone,
More precious flame than ever bickering shone
From diamond's dew, or ruby's fiery core.

And, Mary Mother, grant yon light may burn
At Lisnamaine till this poor son's return;
Or if in sooth he must not here behold
The bliss he counts long exile days to earn,
Ah, lest too late his dear hope's doom he learn,
Let so his eyes be dark, his heart be cold.

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