Edward Dowden

(3 May 1843 - 4 April 1913 / Co. Cork / Ireland)

Edward Dowden Poems

1. In The Garden Viii: Later Autumn 1/1/2004
2. In The Garden Iv: The Singer 1/1/2004
3. Communion 1/1/2004
4. In The Garden Ii: Visions 1/1/2004
5. Love’s Lord 1/1/2004
6. In The Garden V: A Summer Moon 1/1/2004
7. Awakening 1/1/2004
8. By The Window 1/1/2004
9. In The Cathedral Close 1/1/2004
10. In September 1/1/2004
11. In The Garden Vi: A Peach 1/1/2004
12. Deus Absconditus 1/1/2004
13. Durer's 'Melencholia' 1/1/2004
14. In The Garden Iii: An Interior 1/1/2004
15. The Secret Of The Universe 1/1/2004
16. In The Garden Vii: Early Autumn 1/1/2004
17. Leonardo's 'Monna Lisa' 1/1/2004
18. In July 1/1/2004
19. In The Cathedral 1/1/2004
20. A New Hymn For Solitude 1/1/2004
21. The Initiation 1/1/2004
22. In The Garden I: The Garden 1/1/2004
23. First Love 4/16/2010
Best Poem of Edward Dowden

First Love

My long first year of perfect love,
My deep new dream of joy; She was a little chubby girl,
I was a chubby boy.

I wore a crimson frock, white drawers,
A belt, a crown was on it;
She wore some angel's kind of dress
And such a tiny bonnet,

Old-fashioned, but the soft brown hair Would never keep its place;
A little maid with violet eyes,
And sunshine in her face.

O my child-queen, in those lost days
How sweet was daily living!
How humble and how proud I grew,
How rich by merely giving!

She went to school, the parlour-maid
Slow ...

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The Initiation

UNDER the flaming wings of cherubim
I moved toward that high altar. O, the hour!
And the light waxed intenser, and the dim
Low edges of the hills and the grey sea
Were caught and captur’d by the present Power,
My sureties and my witnesses to be.

Then the light drew me in. Ah, perfect pain!
Ah, infinite moment of accomplishment!

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