Philip James Bailey Poems

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We Live In Deeds . . .

WE live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Festus - I

Behold us spiritwise in heaven; unite
In angel worship of the infinite God
World destinative. Evil, all tempting, man

A Fairy Tale

Once in days of yore a little Princess, who had summers seen
Scarcely seven, and was christened by the holy name Christine,

The Passing Bell

Hark! 'tis the passing bell;
While the soul is on its way,
While it waves its upward wings,

Festus - Xxx

Thence earthward tending, first we make the sun;
Where, as at rest in light, a mediate point,
A bright effect original of God,

I Loved Her For That She Was Beautiful . . .

I LOVED her for that she was beautiful;
And that to me she seem'd to be all Nature,
And all varieties of things in one:


THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD is the wisdom of man—
This is the end of Being, wisdom; this
Of wisdom, action; and of action, rest;

Festus - V

Soul solemnized by dear one's death, belief
In heavenly life confirmed of reason finds.
Here round her bier they meet who several rule,

Britian’s Cause

The eternal all--sire from his throne, our isle
Regarding; these Imperial shores, the while
Earth's orb rolls round, shewn, eminent in his eye,

Festus - Xii

All man's acts,
Serious or trivial, all man's thoughts perchance
Pass not unmarked of angel eye, or God's.