Edward Dowden

(3 May 1843 - 4 April 1913 / Co. Cork / Ireland)

Edward Dowden Poems

1. In The Garden Viii: Later Autumn 1/1/2004
2. In The Garden Iv: The Singer 1/1/2004
3. Communion 1/1/2004
4. In The Garden Ii: Visions 1/1/2004
5. Love’s Lord 1/1/2004
6. In The Garden V: A Summer Moon 1/1/2004
7. Awakening 1/1/2004
8. By The Window 1/1/2004
9. In The Cathedral Close 1/1/2004
10. In September 1/1/2004
11. In The Garden Vi: A Peach 1/1/2004
12. Deus Absconditus 1/1/2004
13. Durer's 'Melencholia' 1/1/2004
14. In The Garden Iii: An Interior 1/1/2004
15. The Secret Of The Universe 1/1/2004
16. In The Garden Vii: Early Autumn 1/1/2004
17. Leonardo's 'Monna Lisa' 1/1/2004
18. In July 1/1/2004
19. In The Cathedral 1/1/2004
20. A New Hymn For Solitude 1/1/2004
21. The Initiation 1/1/2004
22. In The Garden I: The Garden 1/1/2004
23. First Love 4/16/2010

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The Initiation

UNDER the flaming wings of cherubim
I moved toward that high altar. O, the hour!
And the light waxed intenser, and the dim
Low edges of the hills and the grey sea
Were caught and captur’d by the present Power,
My sureties and my witnesses to be.

Then the light drew me in. Ah, perfect pain!
Ah, infinite moment of accomplishment!
Thou terror of pure joy, with neither wane
Nor waxing, but long silence and sharp air
As womb-forsaking babes breathe. Hush! the event
Let him who wrought Love’s marvellous things declare. ...

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Leonardo's 'Monna Lisa'

MAKE thyself known, Sibyl, or let despair
Of knowing thee be absolute; I wait
Hour-long and waste a soul. What word of fate
Hides 'twixt the lips which smile and still forbear?
Secret perfection! Mystery too fair!
Tangle the sense no more lest I should hate
Thy delicate tyranny, the inviolate
Poise of thy folded hands, thy fallen hair.
Nay, nay,--I wrong thee with rough words; still be