Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON READING A POET'S FIRST BOOK, by HENRY CUYLER BUNNER



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ON READING A POET'S FIRST BOOK, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is a breath of summer wind
Last Line: Blessed and strong, though overcast.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THIS is a breath of summer wind
That comes -- we know not how -- that goes
As softly, -- leaving us behind,
Pleased with a smell of vine and rose.
Poet, shall this be all thy word?
Blow on us with a bolder breeze,
Until we rise, as having heard
The sob, the song of far-off seas.

Blow in thy shell until thou draw,
From inner whorls where still they sleep,
The notes unguessed of love and awe,
And all thy song grow full and deep.

Feeble may be the scanty phrase, --
Thy dream a dream tongue never spake, --
Yet shall thy note, through doubtful days,
Swell stronger for Endeavor's sake.

As Jacob, wrestling through the night,
Felt all his muscles strengthen fast
With wakening strength, and met the light
Blessed and strong, though overcast.





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