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RADIO VOICE, by            
First Line: It sings of wonder and dawn and distant seas
Last Line: With arrows of sudden beauty?
Subject(s): Radio


It sings of wonder and dawn and distant seas,
And I, forgetful of all these,
Through toil and figures and strident masculine voices,
Know that somewhere
In less obscuring air
Life sheds its tangled shroud and rejoices;
So I am stabbed, and listen --
Rouse from my dull, dead sleep and listen
And let pain come with tiger's feet
To tread my heart again, and tear
Through the film of dust and dark forgetting
To the unquenched light I have hidden there --
And through the blurred and querulous fretting
Of the mangled cries of the street,
And the newsboys' eager wailing,
And the raucous toot of ship just sailing,
Lost ecstasies come back to me crying
Like trees at night-time sighing.

Why must I heed your call,
O voice that hides in a wall?
Can you not leave me
Plodding and drugged with duty?
Why do you cleave me
With arrows of sudden beauty?





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