By a Window


Oh, silver boats in midnight seas,

Or weary swarms of ghostly bees

Seem all those fleecy mites of snow

Which hesitate, and drop smoke-slow,

Divinely chaste, adrift out there,

Each like a saddened angel’s tear.


Ah me ! if sometime in my soul

The crystal fountains lip their bowl

And spill away some tears as chaste

As those that angels seem to waste,

I shall not wish them back again

Nor dream of hurt, nor dream of pain.


Arthur Wilson.

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