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The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
by Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921)

THE NIGHT has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.

Ospreys Cry

Date: 2010-04-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-drummond.livejournal.com
Cheereek! cheereek! ospreys cry
ospreys above their riverside nest.
That fine lady, exquisite mystery --
what a match for a worthy man.

The floating-heart's ragged leaves
drift this current here and there.
That fine lady, exquisite mystery --
waking and sleeping I sought her,

sought her but never reached her,
waking and sleeping, all devoted
longing and longing on and on
tossing and turning side to side.

The floating heart's ragged leaves,
from every side I gather them in,
and my fine lady, exquisite mystery --
with quiet ch'in song I befriend her.

The floating heart's ragged leaves,
from every side I bring them in,
and my fine lady, exquisite mystery --
with drums and bells I delight her.


-- from The Book of Songs, c. 1000 BCE

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