Jean Ingelow

1820-1897

 

Fancy

by Jean Ingelow

O Fancy, if thou flyest, come back anon,
Thy fluttering wings are soft as love's first word,
And fragrant as the feathers of that bird,
Which feeds upon the budded cinnamon.
I ask thee not to work, or sigh -- play on,
From nought that was not, was, or is, deterred;
The flax that Old Fate spun thy flights have stirred,
And waved memorial grass of Marathon.
Play, but be gentle, not as on that day
I saw thee running down the rims of doom
With stars thou hadst been stealing -- while they lay
Smothered in light and blue -- clasped to thy breast;
Bring rather to me in the firelit room
A netted halcyon bird to sing of rest.

Source:

The Monitions Of The Unseen, And Poems Of Love And Childhood
Copyright 1871
Roberts Brothers, Boston
 
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