Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO JAMES JOYCE, MASTER BUILDER, by WILLIAM VAN WYCK



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TO JAMES JOYCE, MASTER BUILDER, by            
First Line: Thou who hast gazed beyond the sight of men
Last Line: The very soul of thee that sends us blind!
Subject(s): Joyce, James (1882-1941)


Thou who hast gazed beyond the sight of men;
Thou (having pinioned to a lonely height,
So that we groundlings, groping in the night,
Know not the lucent glories of thy ken)
Hast brought the wondrous tracings of thy pen
To blaze a trail beyond a human's might
To follow it. Thy words are suns alight,
As we pass darkling over moor and fen,
Stumbling, chaotic for the furious rays
And incandescence of thy blistering thought.
O Master, teach us as a child is taught,
That we may catch a glimmer of thy days
On star-drenched Helicon, to bring to mind
The very soul of thee that sends us blind!





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