Richard Le Gallienne

(1866-1947 / England)

I Thought, Before My Sunlit Twentieth Year - Poem by Richard Le Gallienne

I thought, before my sunlit twentieth year,
That I knew Love, and Death that goes with it;
And my young broken heart in little songs,
Dew-like, I poured, and waited for my end
Wildly-and waited-being then nineteen.
I walked a little longer on my way,
Alive, 'gainst expectation and desire,
And, being then past twenty, I beheld
The face of all the faces of the world
Dewily opening on its stem for me.
Ah! so it seemed, and, each succeeding year,
Thus hath some woman blossom of the divine
Flowered in my path, and made a frail delay
In my true journey-to my home in thee.

October 27, 1911.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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