When I returned at sunset,
The serving-maid was singing softly
Under the dark stairs, and in the house
Twilight had entered like a moon-ray.
When the tea is brought at five o'clock,
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?
Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?
Give them me.
You little friend, your nose is ready; you sniff,
Asking for that expected walk,
(Your nostrils full of the happy rabbit-whiff)
What I saw was just one eye
In the dawn as I was going :
A bird can carry all the sky
O gentle vision in the dawn:
My spirit over faint cool water glides,
Child of the day,
WHEN you have tidied all things for the night,
And while your thoughts are fading to their sleep,
You'll pause a moment in the late firelight,
One day, the vine
That clomb on god’s own house
Cried, “I will not
HAPPY boy, happy boy,
David the immortal-willed,
Youth a thousand thousand times
Slain, but not once killed,