Richard Francis Burton

(1821 - 1890 / England)

Richard Francis Burton Poems

1. The Polar Quest 1/1/2004
2. The Forefather 1/1/2004
3. In Sleep 1/1/2004
4. The First Song 1/1/2004
5. An Unpraised Picture 1/1/2004
6. Extras 1/1/2004
7. On A Ferry Boat 1/1/2004
8. Love Is Strong 1/1/2004
9. Black Sheep 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Richard Francis Burton

Black Sheep

FROM their folded mates they wander far,
Their ways seem harsh and wild:
They follow the beck of a baleful star,
Their paths are dream-beguiled.

Yet haply they sought but a wider range,
Some loftier mountain slope,
And little recked of the country strange
Beyond the gates of hope.

And haply a bell with a luring call
Summoned their feet to tread
Midst the cruel rocks, where the deep pitfall
And the lurking snare are spread.

Maybe, in spite of their tameless days
Of outcast liberty,
They ’re sick at heart ...

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