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And I laughed as I drove from the station, but the mirth died out on my lips
As I thought of the fools like Pagett who write of their "Eastern trips,"
And the sneers of the travelled idiots who duly misgovern the land,
And I prayed to the Lord to deliver another one into my hand.
LA NUIT BLANCHE
A much-discerning Public hold
Whatever I may here disclaim,
The very clever folk I sing to
HAD seen, as dawn was breaking
From the Cart Road to the crest.
Heave and quiver, swell and sink.
Day of Doom or Night of Drink?
In the full, fresh, fragrant morning
Did not seem the proper thing.
Then a Creature, skinned and crimson,
And they dosed me with bromide,
Me and one wee Blood Red MouseThough I said: "To give my head room "You had best unroof the house."
But my words were all unheeded,
Though I told the grave M.D.
Was a dip in open sea
Smooth as silver, white as snow-
Half the night I watched the Heavens
Wheel and thunder back again;
After frenzied hours of waiting,
When the Earth and Skies were dumb,
Pealed an awful voice dictating
An interminable sum, Changing to a tangled story
"What she said you said I said-"
Till the Moon arose in glory,
And I found her
in my head;
Then a Face came, blind and weeping,
But It whistled shrill with wrath,
So I fled with steps uncertain
Kept me always in one place,
In intolerable stillness
Rose one little, little star, And it chuckled at my illness,
And it mocked me from afar; And its brethren came and eyed me, Called the Universe to aid, Till I lay, with naught to hide me, 'Neath the Scorn of All Things Made.
Dun and saffron, robed and splendid
And I turned and tried to pray;
THE LOVERS' LITANY
EYES of grey-a sodden quay,
Eyes of black-a throbbing keel,
Cross that rules the Southern Sky!
Eyes of brown-a dusty plain
Side by side the horses fly,
Eyes of blue-the Simla Hills
"Mabel," "Officers," "Good-bye,"
Maidens, of your charity,
Yet, despite my evil case,
A BALLAD OF BURIAL
“Saint Praxed's ever was the Church for peace."
IF DOWN here I chance to die,
All that is left of "I"
To the Hills for old sake's sake. Pack me very thoroughly
In the ice that used to slake Pegs I drank when I was dryThis observe for old sake's sake.
To the railway station hie,
There a single ticket take For Umballa-goods-train-I
Shall not mind delay or shake. I shall rest contentedly
Spite of clamour coolies make; Thus in state and dignity
Send me up for old sake's sake.