Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

My Springs - Poem by Sidney Lanier

In the heart of the Hills of Life, I know
Two springs that with unbroken flow
Forever pour their lucent streams
Into my soul's far Lake of Dreams.

Not larger than two eyes, they lie
Beneath the many-changing sky
And mirror all of life and time,
-- Serene and dainty pantomime.

Shot through with lights of stars and dawns,
And shadowed sweet by ferns and fawns,
-- Thus heaven and earth together vie
Their shining depths to sanctify.

Always when the large Form of Love
Is hid by storms that rage above,
I gaze in my two springs and see
Love in his very verity.

Always when Faith with stifling stress
Of grief hath died in bitterness,
I gaze in my two springs and see
A Faith that smiles immortally.

Always when Charity and Hope,
In darkness bounden, feebly grope,
I gaze in my two springs and see
A Light that sets my captives free.

Always, when Art on perverse wing
Flies where I cannot hear him sing,
I gaze in my two springs and see
A charm that brings him back to me.

When Labor faints, and Glory fails,
And coy Reward in sighs exhales,
I gaze in my two springs and see
Attainment full and heavenly.

O Love, O Wife, thine eyes are they,
-- My springs from out whose shining gray
Issue the sweet celestial streams
That feed my life's bright Lake of Dreams.

Oval and large and passion-pure
And gray and wise and honor-sure;
Soft as a dying violet-breath
Yet calmly unafraid of death;

Thronged, like two dove-cotes of gray doves,
With wife's and mother's and poor-folk's loves,
And home-loves and high glory-loves
And science-loves and story-loves,

And loves for all that God and man
In art and nature make or plan,
And lady-loves for spidery lace
And broideries and supple grace

And diamonds and the whole sweet round
Of littles that large life compound,
And loves for God and God's bare truth,
And loves for Magdalen and Ruth,

Dear eyes, dear eyes and rare complete --
Being heavenly-sweet and earthly-sweet,
-- I marvel that God made you mine,
For when He frowns, 'tis then ye shine!


Comments about My Springs by Sidney Lanier

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (4/7/2016 12:54:00 AM)

    Beautifully flowing sentiments. (Report) Reply

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  • Paul Amrod Paul Amrod (4/6/2016 5:37:00 PM)

    Flows in the ear like a sweet breeze from the south of GEORGIA when it is on my mind where the moon lies high! Paul (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/6/2016 3:18:00 PM)

    As beautiful a stanza as you can hope to find anywhere, full of love and melody - - - - - - - - - - -]
    Dear eyes, dear eyes and rare complete -
    Being heavenly-sweet and earthly-sweet,
    - I marvel that God made you mine,
    For when He frowns, 'tis then ye shine! (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/6/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    Here I enjoyed this poem with a lot of happiness it gives. (Report) Reply

  • Unnikrishnan E S (4/6/2016 9:12:00 AM)

    Being heavenly sweet is what poetry needs to be. Great. Thank you poet. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/6/2016 8:35:00 AM)

    ......beautiful....two springs pouring into the lake of dreams is a beautiful metaphor ★ (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/6/2016 7:37:00 AM)

    A most beautiful tribute for the wife and mothers' love. When God frowns it is their love that shines and protects. In their eyes full with tears they carry the burden placed upon themselves in the path of love. Enjoyed this poem with it's soft dream like flowy rhythm and style. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/6/2016 6:54:00 AM)

    Mind blowing and captivating flow of the poem is a marvel in itself. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (4/6/2016 12:57:00 AM)

    In art and nature! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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