Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IN A LIBRARY, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON



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First Line: A wealth of silence, that is all. The air
Last Line: The valor, bloom, and wisdom of a world.
Subject(s): Books; Flowers; Librarians & Libraries; Life; Silence; Reading; Library; Librarians


A WEALTH of silence, that is all. The air
Lacks life and holds no hint of tender spring,
Of flowers wholesome-blowing, birds a-wing,
Of any creature much alive and fair.
Perchance you guess a murmur here and there
Among the tomes, each book a gossip thing,
And each in his own tongue -- yet slumbering
Seems more the bookish fashion everywhere.
But ah, could but the souls take flesh again
That wrought these words, their hearts all passion-swirled,
What companies would flock and fill the stage,
Resuming now their old imperious reign!
Knight, noble, lady, priest, the saint and sage,
The valor, bloom, and wisdom of a world.





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