Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PONCE DE LEON, by EDITH MATILDA THOMAS



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First Line: You that crossed the ocean old
Last Line: Where old souls their age renew?
Subject(s): America - Exploration; Ponce De Leon, Juan (1460-1521)


YOU that crossed the ocean old,
Not from greed of Inca's gold,
But to search by vale and mount,
Wood and rock, the wizard fount
Where Time's harm is well undone, --
Here's to Ponce de Leon,
And your liegemen every one!
Surely, still beneath the sun,
In some region further west,
You live on and have your rest,
While the world goes spinning round,
And the sky hears the resound
Of a thousand shrill new fames,
Which your jovial silence shames!
Strength and joy your days endow,
Youth's eyes glow beneath your brow;
Wars and vigils are forgot,
And the Scytheman threats you not.
Tell us, of your knightly grace,
Tell us, left you not some trace
Leading to that wellspring true
Where old souls their age renew?





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