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Short poem

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)


              1I have not walked on common ground,
              2Nor drunk of earthly streams;
              3A shining figure, mailed and crowned,
              4Moves softly through my dreams.

              5He makes the air so keen and strange,
              6The stars so fiercely bright;
              7The rocks of time, the tides of change,
              8Are nothing in his sight.

              9Death lays no shadow on his smile;
            10Life is a race fore-run;
            11Look in his face a little while,
            12And life and death are one.

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, Little Songs: A Book of Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1925): 11. PS 8531 I35L53 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1923
Publication date note: Two Poems (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1923).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: abab

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