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GERALD MASSEY
English poet
(1828 - 1907)

A dazzling white hand, veined cerulean.
      - [Hand]

A face like nestling luxury of flowers.
      - [Face]

A heaven of dreams in her large lotus eyes, darkly divine.
      - [Eyes]

All the rarest hues of human life take radiance and are rainbowed out in tears.
      - [Tears]

In the wounds our sufferings plough immortal love sows sovereign seed.
      - [Adversity]

The breathing miracle into silence passed!
      - [Death]

The heart is like an instrument whose strings
  Steal nobler music from Life's many frets:
    The golden threads are spun thro' Suffering's fire,
      Wherewith the marriage-robes for heaven are woven:
        And all the rarest hues of human life
          Take radiance, and are rainbow'd out in tears.
      - [Heart]

There is no dearth of kindness in this world of ours; only in our blindness we gather thorns for flowers.
      - [Kindness]

Set is the sun of my years;
  And over a few poor ashes,
    I sit in my darkness and tears.
      - A Wail [Age]

Not by appointment do we meet delight
  Or joy; they heed not our expectancy;
    But round some corner of the streets of life
      They of a sudden greet us with a smile.
      - Bridegroom of Beauty [Opportunity]

Of such as he was, there be few on earth;
  Of such as he is, there are few in Heaven:
    And life is all the sweeter that he lived,
      And all he loved more sacred for his sake:
        And Death is all the brighter that he died,
          And Heaven is all the happier that he's there.
      - In Memoriam for Earl Brownlow
        [Immortality]

Cling closer, closer, life to life,
  Cling closer, heart to heart;
    The time will come, my own wed Wife,
      When you and I must part!
        Let nothing break out band but Death,
          For in the world above
            'Tis the breaker Death that soldereth
              Our ring of Wedded Love.
      - On a Wedding Day (st. 11) [Matrimony]

And my heart rocked its babe of bliss,
  And soothed its child of air,
    With something 'twixt a song and kiss,
      To keep it nestling there.
      - On a Wedding Day (st. 3) [Bliss]

You scarce could think so small a thing
  Could leave a loss so large;
    Her little light such shadow fling
      From dawn to sunset's marge.
        In other springs our life may be
          In bannered bloom unfurled,
            But never, never match our wee
              White Rose of all the world.
      - Our Wee White Rose [Babyhood]

In this dim world of clouding cares,
  We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes
    See white wings lessening up the skies,
      The Angels with us unawares.
      - The Ballad of Babe Christabel [Angels]

She thought our good-night kiss was given,
  And like a lily her life did close;
    Angels uncurtain'd that repose,
      And the next waking dawn'd in heaven.
      - The Ballad of Babe Christabel [Death]

Our dearest hopes in pangs are born,
  The kingliest Kings are crown'd with thorn.
      - The Kingliest Kings [Hope]

There's no dearth of kindness
  In the world of ours;
    Only in our blindness
      We gather thorns for flowers.
      - There's no Dearth of Kindness [Kindness]

This world is full of beauty, as other worlds above,
  And if we did out duty, it might be as full of love.
      - This World [World]

A sweet, new blossom of Humanity,
  Fresh fallen from God's own home to flower on earth.
      - Wooed and Won [Babyhood]

And thou hast stolen a jewel, Death!
  Shall light thy dark up like a Star.
    A Beacon kindling from afar
      Our light of love and fainting faith.
      - Wooed and Won [Babyhood]


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