Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950

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Ah, there is no abiding!
Signs from heaven are sent.
Over the grass the wind went gliding,
And the green grass grew silver as he went.

Ah, there is no remaining!
Ever the tide of ocean ebbs and flows.
Over the blue sea goes the wind complaining,
And the blue sea turns emerald as he goes.


Cut it Down

By a dim road, o'ergrown with dry thin grass,
A little straggling, wild, wind-beaten tree
Stood, like a sentry, where no feet might pass,
And storm-swept by the sea.

What was the secret of that lonely place?
Had some accursèd thing gone by this way,
Leaving the horror of his evil face
On leaf and bough and spray?,

I know not. But the very sunbeams took
The darkness of the gnarled and twisted stem;
The summer air those wrinkled leaves forsook
Nor ever played in them.


Rudyard Kipling (Br. x865-1936)

Cities and Thrones and Powers

('A Centurion of the Thirtieth' -Puck of Pook's Hill)

Cities and Thrones and Powers
Stand in Time's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth
The Cities rise again.

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