Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GLORIA MUNDI, by ROSAMUND MARRIOTT WATSON

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First Line: Give us the earth's whole heart but once to know
Last Line: Evasive echoes of a distant feast.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tomson, Graham R.
Subject(s): Spring

GIVE us the earth's whole heart but once to know,
But once to pierce the secret of the Spring,—
Give us our fill,—so we at end may go
Into the starless night unmurmuring.

Gold lights that beckon down the dusky way,
Where loud wheels roll, impetuous, through the night;
The lamp-lit leaves, the maddening airs of May,
The heady wine of living, dark and bright.

Give us of these, and we are blest in truth;
The wandering foot, the keen, unflagging zest,
One with the glorious world's eternal youth,
Of all that is, and is not, first and best.

Ah, vain desire, our straitened years to mar!
Troubled we turn and listen unreleased,
To music of a revel held afar,
Evasive echoes of a distant feast.

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