Alfred Austin

(30 May 1835 – 2 June 1913 / Headingley)

When In The Long-Drawn Avenues Of Thought - Poem by Alfred Austin

When in the long-drawn avenues of Thought
I halt, and look before me and behind,
And seek what erst I all too little sought,
Some spot secure of rest, I do not find.
Retrace my steps I dare not, lest each nook
I late rejected should reject me now,
And sweetest arbours, restlessly forsook,
No more be prone their leafage to allow.
So to the untrod distance do I strain,
Which seemeth ever further to extend;
Desiring oft, in irritable pain,
Premature sleep would bring that settled End,
When I shall know it all, or else forget
This far too little which for more doth fret.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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