George William Russell
Freedom by George William Russell

Freedom by George William Russell

I WILL not follow you, my bird, I will not follow you. I would not breathe a word, my bird, To bring thee here anew. I love the free in thee, my bird, The lure of ...

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Alter Ego by George William Russell

Alter Ego by George William Russell

ALL the morn a spirit gay Breathes within my heart a rhyme, ’Tis but hide and seek we play In and out the courts of time. Fairy lover, when my feet Through the tangled ...

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Awakening by George William Russell

Awakening by George William Russell

THE LIGHTS shone down the street In the long blue close of day: A boy’s heart beat sweet, sweet, As it flowered in its dreamy clay. Beyond the dazzling throng And above ...

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Faith by George William Russell

Faith by George William Russell

HERE where the loves of others close The vision of my heart begins. The wisdom that within us grows Is absolution for our sins. We took forbidden fruit and ate Far in the ...

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A New World by George William Russell

A New World by George William Russell

I WHO had sought afar from earth The faery land to meet, Now find content within its girth And wonder nigh my feet. To-day a nearer love I choose And seek no ...

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An Irish Face by George William Russell

An Irish Face by George William Russell

NOT her own sorrow only that hath place Upon yon gentle face. Too slight have been her childhood’s years to gain The imprint of such pain. It hid behind her laughing hours, and ...

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A Memory by George William Russell

A Memory by George William Russell

YOU remember, dear, together Two children, you and I, Sat once in the autumn weather, Watching the autumn sky. There was some one round us straying The whole of the ...

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A New Theme by George William Russell

A New Theme by George William Russell

I FAIN would leave the tender songs I sang to you of old, Thinking the oft-sung beauty wrongs The magic never told. And touch no more the thoughts, the moods, That ...

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Answer by George William Russell

Answer by George William Russell

THE WARMTH of life is quenched with bitter frost; Upon the lonely road a child limps by Skirting the frozen pools: our way is lost: Our hearts sink utterly. But from the ...

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A Midnight Meditation by George William Russell

A Midnight Meditation by George William Russell

HOW often have I said, “We may not grieve for the immortal dead.” And now, poor blenchèd heart, Thy ruddy hues all tremulous depart. Why be with fate at strife Because one ...

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A Summer Night by George William Russell

A Summer Night by George William Russell

HER mist of primroses within her breast Twilight hath folded up, and o’er the west, Seeking remoter valleys long hath gone, Not yet hath come her sister of the dawn. Silence and ...

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Babylon by George William Russell

Babylon by George William Russell

THE BLUE dusk ran between the streets: my love was winged within my mind, It left to-day and yesterday and thrice a thousand years behind. To-day was past and dead for me, for ...

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Age And Youth by George William Russell

Age And Youth by George William Russell

WE have left our youth behind: Earth is in its baby years: Void of wisdom cries the wind, And the sunlight knows no tears. When shall twilight feel the awe, All the ...

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The Morning Star by George William Russell

The Morning Star by George William Russell

IN the black pool of the midnight Lu has slung the morning star, And its foam in rippling silver whitens into day afar Falling on the mountain rampart piled with pearl above our ...

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Star Teachers by George William Russell

Star Teachers by George William Russell

EVEN as a bird sprays many-coloured fires, The plumes of paradise, the dying light Rays through the fevered air in misty spires That vanish in the heights. These myriad eyes ...

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A New Being by George William Russell

A New Being by George William Russell

I KNOW myself no more, my child, Since thou art come to me, Pity so tender and so wild Hath wrapped my thoughts of thee. These thoughts, a fiery gentle rain, Are ...

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Mistrust by George William Russell

Mistrust by George William Russell

YOU look at me with wan, bright eyes When in the deeper world I stray: You fear some hidden ambush lies In wait to call me, “Come away.” What if I see behind the veil ...

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A Prayer by George William Russell

A Prayer by George William Russell

O HOLY SPIRIT of the Hazel, hearken now: Though shining suns and silver moons burn on the bough, And though the fruit of stars by many myriads gleam, Yet in the undergrowth below, ...

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Benediction by George William Russell

Benediction by George William Russell

NOW the rooftree of the midnight spreading, Buds in citron, green, and blue: From afar its mystic odours shedding, Child, on you. Now the buried stars beneath the ...

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Frolic by George William Russell

Frolic by George William Russell

THE CHILDREN were shouting together And racing along the sands, A glimmer of dancing shadows, A dovelike flutter of hands. The stars were shouting in heaven, The sun was ...

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Aphrodite by George William Russell

Aphrodite by George William Russell

NOT unremembering we pass our exile from the starry ways: One timeless hour in time we caught from the long night of endless days. With solemn gaiety the stars danced far ...

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A Last Counsel by George William Russell

A Last Counsel by George William Russell

COULD you not in silence borrow Strength to go from us ungrieving? All these hours of loving sorrow Only make more bitter leaving. You will go forth lonely, thinking Of ...

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The Dream by George William Russell

The Dream by George William Russell

I WOKE to find my pillow wet With the tears for deeds deep hid in sleep. I knew no sorrow here, but yet The tears fell softly through the deep. Your eyes, your other eyes of ...

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A Return by George William Russell

A Return by George William Russell

WE turned back mad from the mystic mountains, All foamed with red and with elfin gold: Up from the heart of the twilight’s fountains The fires enchanted were starward rolled. We ...

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A Leader by George William Russell

A Leader by George William Russell

THOUGH your eyes with tears were blind, Pain upon the path you trod: Well we knew, the hosts behind, Voice and shining of a god. For your darkness was our day: Signal ...

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A Vision Of Beauty by George William Russell

A Vision Of Beauty by George William Russell

WHERE we sat at dawn together, while the star-rich heavens shifted, We were weaving dreams in silence, suddenly the veil was lifted. By a hand of fire awakened, in a moment caught ...

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A Farewell by George William Russell

A Farewell by George William Russell

I GO down from the hills half in gladness, and half with a pain I depart, Where the Mother with gentlest breathing made music on lip and in heart; For I know that my childhood is ...

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The Virgin Mother by George William Russell

The Virgin Mother by George William Russell

WHO is that goddess to whom men should pray, But her from whom their hearts have turned away, Out of whose virgin being they were born, Whose mother nature they have named with ...

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Light And Dark by George William Russell

Light And Dark by George William Russell

NOT the soul that’s whitest Wakens love the sweetest: When the heart is lightest Oft the charm is fleetest. While the snow-frail maiden, Waits the time of learning, ...

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Childhood by George William Russell

Childhood by George William Russell

HOW I could see through and through you! So unconscious, tender, kind, More than ever was known to you Of the pure ways of your mind. We who long to rest from strife ...

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Forgiveness by George William Russell

Forgiveness by George William Russell

AT dusk the window panes grew grey; The wet world vanished in the gloom; The dim and silver end of day Scarce glimmered through the little room. And all my sins were told; I ...

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The Voice Of The Waters by George William Russell

The Voice Of The Waters by George William Russell

WHERE the Greyhound River windeth through a loneliness so deep, Scarce a wild fowl shakes the quiet that the purple boglands keep, Only God exults in silence over fields no man ...

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Affinity by George William Russell

Affinity by George William Russell

YOU and I have found the secret way, None can bar our love or say us nay: All the world may stare and never know You and I are twined together so. You and I for all his vaunted ...

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Brotherhood by George William Russell

Brotherhood by George William Russell

TWILIGHT, a blossom grey in shadowy valleys dwells: Under the radiant dark the deep blue-tinted bells In quietness reïmage heaven within their blooms, Sapphire and gold and ...

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Hope In Failure by George William Russell

Hope In Failure by George William Russell

THOUGH now thou hast failed and art fallen, despair not because of defeat, Though lost for a while be thy heaven and weary of earth be thy feet, For all will be beauty about thee ...

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The Faces Of Memory by George William Russell

The Faces Of Memory by George William Russell

DREAM faces bloom around your face Like flowers upon one stem; The heart of many a vanished race Sighs as I look on them. The sun rich face of Egypt glows, The ...

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Alien by George William Russell

Alien by George William Russell

DARK glowed the vales of amethyst Beneath an opal shroud: The moon bud opened through the mist Its white-fire leaves of cloud. Through rapt at gaze with eyes of light ...

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Sung On A By-Way by George William Russell

Sung On A By-Way by George William Russell

WHAT of all the will to do? It has vanished long ago, For a dream-shaft pierced it through From the Unknown Archer’s bow. What of all the soul to think? Some one ...

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The Fountain Of Shadowy Beauty by George William Russell

The Fountain Of Shadowy Beauty by George William Russell

A DREAM I WOULD I could weave in The colour, the wonder, The song I conceive in My heart while I ponder, And show how it came like The magi ...

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A Call Of The Sidhe by George William Russell

A Call Of The Sidhe by George William Russell

TARRY thou yet, late lingerer in the twilight’s glory: Gay are the hills with song: earth’s faery children leave More dim abodes to roam the primrose-hearted eve, Opening their ...

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The Earth by George William Russell

The Earth by George William Russell

THEY tell me that the earth is still the same Although the Red Branch now is but a name, That yonder peasant lifting up his eyes Can see the marvel of the morning rise, The wonder ...

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The Gift by George William Russell

The Gift by George William Russell

I THOUGHT, beloved, to have brought to you A gift of quietness and ease and peace, Cooling your brow as with the mystic dew Dropping from twilight trees. Homeward I go not ...

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The Winds Of Angus by George William Russell

The Winds Of Angus by George William Russell

THE GREY road whereupon we trod became as holy ground: The eve was all one voice that breathed its message with no sound: And burning multitudes pour through my heart, too bright, ...

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Divine Visitation by George William Russell

Divine Visitation by George William Russell

THE HEAVENS lay hold on us: the starry rays Fondle with flickering fingers brow and eyes: A new enchantment lights the ancient skies. What is it looks between us gaze on gaze; ...

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Dream Love by George William Russell

Dream Love by George William Russell

I DID not deem it half so sweet To feel thy gentle hand, As in a dream thy soul to greet Across wide leagues of land. Untouched more near to draw to you Where, amid ...

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Unity by George William Russell

Unity by George William Russell

ONE thing in all things have I seen: One thought has haunted earth and air: Clangour and silence both have been Its palace chambers. Everywhere I saw the mystic vision flow ...

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Mystery by George William Russell

Mystery by George William Russell

WHY does this sudden passion smite me? I stretch my hands, all blind to see: I need the lamp of the world to light me, Lead me and set me free. Something a moment seemed to ...

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The Twilight Of Earth by George William Russell

The Twilight Of Earth by George William Russell

THE WONDER of the world is o’er: The magic from the sea is gone: There is no unimagined shore, No islet yet to venture on. The Sacred Hazels’ blooms are shed, The Nuts ...

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Tragedy by George William Russell

Tragedy by George William Russell

A MAN went forth one day at eve: The long day’s toil for him was done: The eye that scanned the page could leave Its task until tomorrow’s sun. Upon the threshold where he stood ...

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Endurance by George William Russell

Endurance by George William Russell

HE bent above: so still her breath What air she breathed he could not say, Whether in worlds of life or death: So softly ebbed away, away, The life that had been light to him, ...

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