Elinor Morton Wylie

(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

Elinor Morton Wylie Poems

41. Madman's Song 1/3/2003
42. Valentine 1/3/2003
43. October 1/3/2003
44. Death And The Maiden 1/3/2003
45. 'Fire And Sleet And Candlelight' 1/3/2003
46. Pretty Words 1/3/2003
47. Ophelia 1/3/2003
48. Wild Peaches 1/3/2003
49. Escape 1/3/2003
50. Incantation 1/3/2003
51. Now Let No Charitable Hope 1/3/2003
52. Velvet Shoes 1/3/2003
53. Beauty 1/3/2003
54. Sea Lullaby 1/3/2003

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Sea Lullaby

The old moon is tarnished
With smoke of the flood,
The dead leaves are varnished
With colour like blood.

A treacherous smiler
With teeth white as milk,
A savage beguiler
In sheathings of silk

The sea creeps to pillage,
She leaps on her prey;
A child of the village
Was murdered today.

She came up to meet him
In a smooth golden cloak,
She choked him and beat him
to death, for a joke.

Her bright locks were tangled,
She shouted for joy
With one hand she strangled
A strong little boy.

Now in silence ...

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The Lost Path

The garden's full of scented wallflowers,
And, save that these stir faintly, nothing stirs;
Only a distant bell in hollow chime
Cried out just now for far-forgoten time,
And three reverberate words the great bell spoke.
The knocker's made of brass, the door of oak,
And such a clamor must be loosed on air
By the knocker's blow that knock I do not dare.
The silence is a spell, and if it break,

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