Sombre the night is.
And though we have our lives, we know
What sinister threat lurks there.
Dragging these anguished limbs, we only know
This poison-blasted track opens on our camp-
On a little safe sleep.
But hark! joy-joy-strange joy.
Lo! heights of night ringing with unseen larks
Music showering on our upturned list’ning faces.
Death could drop from the dark
As easily as song-
But song only dropped,
Like a blind man’s dreams on the sand
By dangerous tides,
Like a girl’s dark hair for she dreams no ruin lies there,
Or her kisses where a serpent hides.