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Live Stream: Beauty by Edward Thomas

Written by Rachael Norris, 28th July 2020

Beauty by Edward Thomas

BEAUTY by EDWARD THOMASWhat does it mean? Tired, angry, and ill at ease,No man, woman, or child alive could pleaseMe now. And yet I almost dare to laughBecause I sit and frame an epitaph---'Here lies all that no one loved of himAnd that loved no one.' Then in a trice that whimHas wearied. But, though I am like a riverAt fall of evening while it seems that neverHas the sun lighted it or warmed it, whileCross breezes cut the surface to a file,This heart, some fraction of me, happilyFloats through the window even now to a treeDown in the misting, dim-lit, quiet vale,Not like a pewit that returns to wailFor something it has lost, but like a doveThat slants unswerving to its home and love.There I find my rest, as through the dusk airFlies what yet lives in me: Beauty is there.

Posted by The Reader on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Beauty

What does it mean? Tired, angry, and ill at ease,
No man, woman, or child alive could please
Me now. And yet I almost dare to laugh
Because I sit and frame an epitaph-
'Here lies all that no one loved of him
And that loved no one.' Then in a trice that whim
Has wearied. But, though I am like a river
At fall of evening when it seems that never
Has the sun lighted it or warmed it, while
Cross breezes cut the surface to a file,
This heart, some fraction of me, hapily
Floats through a window even now to a tree
Down in the misting, dim-lit, quiet vale;
Not like a pewit that returns to wail
For something it has lost, but like a dove
That slants unanswering to its home and love.
There I find my rest, and through the dusk air
Flies what yet lives in me. Beauty is there

Edward Thomas

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