The dead has come back,
He is here at the sill;
Try to believe
The miracle.

Give me more breath,
Or I may not withstand
The thrill of his voice
And the clasp of his hand.

Be quiet, my heart,
Can you not see
In the beat of my pulse
Mortality?


The Impatient Earth

BACK to the earth would we come
In the fullness of years,
As we return home at dusk
When our eyes are dim with day
And our feet tired with stubble.
We would come with slow step
Along the cool loam of lanes,
Home to your heart
With the mellow toll of bells in the west.

But not as today would we come
To the trumpet's unnatural summons,
With our loins girt for a longer race
And our faces set for a different goal,
With our feet strung to the measures of life,
To a riot of bells in the east.

This is the season for blood-root and bud-break,
For freshets and resinous airs,
For the mating migrations

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Dunkirk 1
  • Come Away, Death 16
  • From Stone to Steel 20
  • Still Life 21
  • Father Time 23
  • The Baritone 26
  • The Old Organon (1225 A.D.) 29
  • The New (1937 A.D.) 31
  • Before an Altar - (after Gueudecourt) 36
  • The Titanic 97
  • The Brawler in "Who's Who" 129
  • The "Roosevelt" and the "Antinoe" 136
  • Newfoundland Reminiscences 165
  • Old Harry 169
  • The Shark 187
  • The Fog 188
  • Overheard by a Stream 191
  • To Angelina, an Old Nurse 192
  • Toll of the Bells 196
  • Time-Worn 202
  • The Lee-Shore 203
  • Erosion 205
  • The Sea-Cathedral 213
  • A Miscellany 223
  • A Prairie Sunset 225
  • Out of Step - (1931 A.D.) 226
  • The Parable of Puffsky 227
  • A Feline Silhouette 232
  • Comrades 234
  • The Epigrapher 235
  • Extravaganzas 239
  • The Witches' Brew (in Celebration of a Fifth Wedding Anniversary) 241
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