Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ETERNAL FEMININE, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON



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THE ETERNAL FEMININE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: For ever shall she beckon. Men may prate
Last Line: Yet ancient as the moaning of the sea!
Subject(s): Dreams; Light; Sea; Time; Nightmares; Ocean


FOR ever shall she beckon. Men may prate
Of custom, fashion, change, -- still doth she call
To high endeavor; dreams begotten thence
Turn with the day to deeds chivalric; vows
Are pledged eternally before this shrine
Whose taper-lights are stars, whose choristers
Are souls bowed down with Beauty. Years on years
But dim the garments of the worshipers,
The light, the lure, are constant. All too brief
Is Time wherein to follow from afar
The Way of Wonder leading down to Love.
Look, at the alley-end she sways and smiles,
Fresh as a morn-birth, fair as paradise, --
Yet ancient as the moaning of the sea!





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