Madison Julius Cawein




by Madison Julius Cawein

It is the time when, by the forest falls,
The touchmenots hang fairy folly-caps;
When ferns and flowers fill the lichened laps
Of rocks with color, rich as orient shawls:
And in my heart I hear a voice that calls
Me woodward, where the Hamadryad wraps
Her limbs in bark, or, bubbling in the saps,
Laughs the sweet Greek of Pan's old madrigals.
There is a gleam that lures me up the stream --
A Naiad swimming with wet limbs of light?
Perfume, that leads me on from dream to dream --
An Oread's footprints fragrant with her flight?
And, lo! meseems I am a Faun again,
Part of the myths that I pursue in vain.


The Garden Of Dreams
Copyright 1896
John P. Morton & Company, Louisville