Richard Le Gallienne

(1866-1947 / England)

The Wife from Fairyland

Her talk was all of woodland things,
   Of little lives that pass
Away in one green afternoon,
   Deep in the haunted grass;

For she had come from fairyland,
   The morning of a day
When the world that still was April
   Was turning into May.

Green leaves and silence and two eyes --
   'T was so she seemed to me,
A silver shadow of the woods,
   Whisper and mystery.

I looked into her woodland eyes,
   And all my heart was hers,
And then I led her by the hand
   Home up my marble stairs;

And all my granite and my gold
   Was hers for her green eyes,
And all my sinful heart was hers
   From sunset to sunrise;

I gave her all delight and ease
   That God had given to me,
I listened to fulfill her dreams,
   Rapt with expectancy.

But all I gave, and all I did,
   Brought but a weary smile
Of gratitude upon her face;
   As though a little while,

She loitered in magnificence
   Of marble and of gold
And waited to be home again
   When the dull tale was told.

Sometimes, in the chill galleries,
   Unseen, she deemed, unheard,
I found her dancing like a leaf
   And singing like a bird.

So lone a thing I never saw
   In lonely earth or sky,
So merry and so sad a thing,
   One sad, one laughing, eye.

There came a day when on her heart
   A wildwood blossom lay,
And the world that still was April
   Was turning into May.

In the green eyes I saw a smile
   That turned my heart to stone:
My wife that came from fairyland
   No longer was alone.

For there had come a little hand
   To show the green way home,
Home through the leaves, home through the dew,
   Home through the greenwood -- home.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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