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Aboard at a Ship’s Helm.
After the Sea-Ship
Crossing The Bar
 
Dreams Old and Nascent
 
 
 
 
O Captain! My Captain!
Requiem
Sea-Fever
 
Wreck of the Hesperus
 
 
 
 

 Dreams Old and Nascent

 
D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
 
 
I HAVE opened the window to warm my hands on the sill
Where the sunlight soaks in the stone: the afternoon
Is full of dreams, my love, the boys are all still
In a wistful dream of Lorna Doone.
 
The clink of the shunting engines is sharp and fine,         5
Like savage music striking far off, and there
On the great, uplifted blue palace, lights stir and shine
Where the glass is domed in the blue, soft air.
 
There lies the world, my darling, full of wonder and wistfulness and strange
Recognition and greetings of half-acquaint things, as I greet the cloud         10
Of blue palace aloft there, among misty indefinite dreams that range
At the back of my life’s horizon, where the dreamings of past lives crowd.
 
Over the nearness of Norwood Hill, through the mellow veil
Of the afternoon glows to me the old romance of David and Dora,
With the old, sweet, soothing tears, and laughter that shakes the sail         15
Of the ship of the soul over seas where dreamed dreams lure the unoceaned explorer.
 
All the bygone, hushèd years
Streaming back where the mist distils
Into forgetfulness: soft-sailing waters where fears
No longer shake, where the silk sail fills         20
With an unfelt breeze that ebbs over the seas, where the storm
Of living has passed, on and on
Through the coloured iridescence that swims in the warm
Wake of the tumult now spent and gone,
Drifts my boat, wistfully lapsing after         25
The mists of vanishing tears and the echo of laughter.
 
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