Eternal Rest


Enid Derham

When the impatient spirit leaves behind

The clogging hours and makes no dear delay

To drop this Nessus-shirt of night and day,

To cast the flesh that bound and could not bind

The heart untamable, the tireless mind,

In equal dissolution shall the clay

That once was seer or singer flee away—

It shall be fire and blown upon the wind.

Not us befits such change in radiance dressed,

Not us, O Earth, for whom thou biddest cease

Our grey endurance of the dark and cold.

These eyes have watched with grief, and now would rest;

Rest we desire, and on thy bosom's peace

The long slow change to unremembering mould.


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