Conrad Aiken - Nocturne of Remembered Spring; And Other Poems. PDF

PDF This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... DUST IN STARLIGHT Earth Triumphant: Part Three Strange music filled his ears that night: The wind blew long: in ceaseless white The soft snow ticked his window-pane, And turned to sleet, and turned to rain; And all night long he listened there To the wild merriment in the air, And thought it strange that there should be Such fury-driven night, while he Lay in an anguish, stretched and torn, Eyes wide with pain, unclosed, forlorn, Moveless upon his narrow bed, Tense fingers clenched beneath his head... The snow upon the sill piled dim... Did not this storm rise out of him?... And then the sleet, in gusty flaws, Pattered the panes, and in each pause He heard his heart's slow tortured beating, Wearily through the veins repeating Pain and pleasure, pain and pleasure, Life's simple, senseless, tireless measure. Show turned to sleet, sleet turned to rain. rHe lived his whole life through again. And while the tortured elm-boughs moved Against the eaves, once more he loved This woman, she, the golden-haired, For whom first love had been declared. He closed his eyes, closed out the storm. The air came fragrant, stealing warm: Pregnant with lilacs, shaking sweet Their purple crowns along the street; While he, his young soul turbulent, Under the stars through dark streets went, Filled with a subtle fiery mirth, Conscious of all the moving earth, —The flagstones ringing sweet and hard, The shadowy river mooned and starred, The lovely lamplit maple trees, Luminous green, wherethrough the breeze Softly rustled, twinkling leaves, And moving the shadows under the eaves. The church-bells pealed a languid eight: He quickened pace, lest he be late. Music from all the dark earth came, The whole world seemed to bloom with flame, And his young body ran like..

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