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ALFRED NOYES
English poet and writer
(1880 - 1958)

The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
      - [Moon]

The Universe is centered on neither the Earth nor the Sun--it is centered on God.
      - [Universe]

Apes and ivory, skulls and roses, in junks of old Hong-Kong,
  Gliding over a sea of dreams to a haunted shore of song.
      - Apes and Ivory [Music]

This is the song of the wind as it came,
  Tossing the flags of the Nations to flame.
      - Avenue of the Allies [Flags]

There's a barrel-organ carolling across a golden street
  In the city as the sun sinks low;
    And the music's not immortal; but the world has made it sweet
      And fulfilled it with the sunset glow.
      - Barrel Organ [Music]

A thousand creeds and battle cries,
  A thousand warring social schemes,
    A thousand new moralities
      And twenty thousand, thousand dreams.
      - Forward [Dreams]

Our lady of the twilight
  She hath such gentle hands,
    So lovely are the gifts she brings
      From out of the sunset-lands,
        So bountiful, so merciful,
          So sweet of soul is she;
            And over all the world she draws
              Her cloak of charity.
      - Our Lady of Twilight [Twilight]

Seven wise men on an old black settle,
  Seven wise men of the Mermaid Inn,
    Ringing blades of the one right metal,
      What is the best that a blade can win?
      - Tales of The Mermaid Tavern (II) [Wisdom]

Go down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac-time;
  Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London).
    And you shall wander hand in hand with love in summer's wonderland;
      Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London).
      - The Barrel Organ [Lilacs]

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
  The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas,
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
      And the highwayman came riding.
      - The Highwayman [Night]

This outer world is but the pictured scroll
  Of worlds within the soul;
    A colored chart, a blazoned missal-book,
      Whereon who rightly look
        May spell the splendors with their mortal eyes,
          And steer to Paradise.
      - The Two Worlds [World]

Trumpeter, sound for the splendour of God!
  . . . .
    Trumpeter, rally us, up to the heights of it!
      Sound for the City of God.
      - Trumpet Call (last lines) [God]


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