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Short poem

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

Adam and Eve

              1When the first dark had fallen around them
              2And the leaves were weary of praise,
              3In the clear silence Beauty found them
              4And shewed them all her ways.

              5In the high noon of the heavenly garden
              6Where the angels sunned with the birds,
              7Beauty, before their hearts could harden,
              8Had taught them heavenly words.

              9When they fled in the burning weather
            10And nothing dawned but a dream,
            11Beauty fasted their hands together
            12And cooled them at her stream.

            13And when day wearied and night grew stronger,
            14And they slept as the beautiful must,
            15Then she bided a little longer,
            16And blossomed from their dust.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, The Wood Carver's Wife (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1922): 19. PS 8531 I35W6 1922 Robarts Library.
First publication date: December 1918
Publication date note: University Magazine (Dec. 1918).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: abab

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