Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

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A Song Of Eternity In Time


Once, at night, in the manor wood
My Love and I long silent stood,
Amazed that any heavens could
Decree to part us, bitterly repining.
My Love, in aimless love and grief,
Reached forth and drew aside a leaf
That just above us played the thief
And stole our starlight that for us was shining.

A star that had remarked her pain
Shone straightway down that leafy lane,
And wrought his image, mirror-plain,
Within a tear that on her lash hung gleaming.
"Thus Time," I cried, "is but a tear
Some one hath wept 'twixt hope and fear,
Yet in his little lucent sphere
Our star of stars, Eternity, is beaming."

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,046 Points Soulful Heart (9/14/2014 11:19:00 AM)

    beauty of metaphoric imagery thru the bubble of transient time of life like a tear.....stars of eternity mocking yet beaming at the hope that keeps the world gping on...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Kevin Straw (9/14/2012 9:42:00 AM)

    I suppose twee nonsense is about it. The idea that a star' s mirror image would appear in a tear is a leeettle too much to believe - even if it had marked her pain! (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 351 Points Michael Hagwood (9/14/2014 11:29:00 AM)

    The water of a tear is enough too reflect star light

  • Rookie - 351 Points Marcella D (9/14/2011 4:33:00 PM)

    It is so sad and beautiful at the sametime. Would be a good deep emotional poem for those who like poems with emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 156 Points Ramesh T A (9/14/2011 4:00:00 PM)

    Nature consoles whoever seeks it bosom grief stricken in life! The touching expression of the poem reveals the clear state of poet. Musing over Nature in loneliness what he has expressed in this poem is touching the heart of readers too! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 156 Points Kevin Straw (9/14/2009 5:53:00 AM)

    This is prosodically a beautiful poem, but I am not sure how 'eternity' assuages the grief of real parting. Is 'the starlight' better than 'our starlight'? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 156 Points O Anna Niemus (9/14/2008 4:53:00 AM)

    Sidney, wherever you are reincarnated (or perhaps no longer by body encumbered)
    God bless you for the beauty you spread. (Report) Reply

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