Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 298. Beyond all Shores and Seas
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
298. Beyond all Shores and Seas
By Jane Barlow  (b. 1857)
LIES yet a well of wonder
  All shores and seas beyond,
Where shines that dimness under,
More deep than in a dream,
Full many a diamond        5
With elfin gleam,
    Glows up the glimmering water
Full many a ruby’s fire:
If ever an earth-born daughter
Their wizard light behold,       10
She may no more desire
Our gems and gold.
    Nay, some in sooth, who only
Adream thereon did gaze,
Thenceforth fare wandering lonely,       15
And seek with sorrow vain
The glory of such rays
To find again.
    Oft, oft, high-heavenward turning
The quivering stars have conned,       20
Or watched the wide west burning
Nor shall their hearts appease,
Whose hope lies hid beyond
All shores and seas.



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