An Idyll

You stay for a while beside me with your beauty young and rare,
Though your light limbs are as limber as the foal's that follows the mare;
Brow fair and young and tender where thought has scarce begun,
Hair bright as the breast of the eagle when he strains up to the sun!

In the space of a broken castle I found you on a day
When the call of the new-come cuckoo went with me all the way,
You stood by un-mortised stones that were rough and black with age,
The fawn beloved of the hunter in the panther's broken cage!

And we went down together by paths your childhood knew,
Remote you went beside me like the spirit of the dew,
Hard were the hedgerows still, sloe-bloom was their scanty dower,
You slipped it within your bosom, the bloom that scarce is flower!

And now you stay beside me with your beauty young and rare,
Though your light limbs are as limber as the foal's that follows the mare,
Brow fair and young and tender where thought has scarce begun,
Hair bright as the breast of the eagle when he strains up to the sun!

by Padraic Colum

Comments (9)

Simply superb imagination as also the song. Congrats on it's modern poem of the Day.
Love the pastoral nature of the piece, its very mid period romantic, in its imagery and themes, it seems that the scene is one of quite reflection for a period of life and a person that is gone. Still Susan Williams has a point the writer is more fascinated with the context of youth and the allure of fresh vitality, then again we have forever to be old and only a brief moment to be young,
It seemed most of her beauty lay in her youth- -her appeal was her freshness and her trust
Quite romantic. Object of admiration rather than love. Hope inspired by beautiful form.
one who is smitten by beauty's young allure.
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