Guest poem sent in by Flavia Iacobaeus
(Poem #1206) Margaritae Sorori
A late lark twitters from the quiet skies: And from the west, Where the sun, his day's work ended, Lingers as in content, There falls on the old, gray city An influence luminous and serene, A shining peace. The smoke ascends In a rosy-and-golden haze. The spires Shine and are changed. In the valley Shadows rise. The lark sings on. The sun, Closing his benediction, Sinks, and the darkening air Thrills with a sense of the triumphing night-- Night with her train of stars And her great gift of sleep. So be my passing! My task accomplish'd and the long day done, My wages taken, and in my heart Some late lark singing, Let me be gather'd to the quiet west, The sundown splendid and serene, Death.
This is one image I've always loved! As clear and peaceful as Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar". But does anyone know what the title refers to? ['margaritae' = pearl, 'sorori' = sisters. leaves me no wiser than before, i'm afraid - martin] Flavia Here's what the Columbia Encyclopedia has to say about Henley; Henley, William Ernest 18491903, English poet, critic, and editor. Although crippled by tuberculosis of the bone, he led an active, vigorous life. As editor of several reviews successively, he introduced to the public a galaxy of young writers, including Kipling, Wells, and Yeats. Although his verse is noted for its bravado and spirit of defiance, his poetry could be equally delicate and lyrical. His best-known poems include "England, My England," and "Invictus," which concludes with the famous lines "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." Henley's volumes of verse include A Book of Verses (1888), The Song of the Sword (1892), and For England's Sake (1900). He collaborated on four plays with Robert Louis Stevenson, with whom he enjoyed a long friendship.