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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
138. A New Theme
 
 
I FAIN would leave the tender songs
  I sang to you of old,
Thinking the oft-sung beauty wrongs
  The magic never told.
 
And touch no more the thoughts, the moods,        5
  That win the easy praise;
But venture in the untrodden woods
  To carve the future ways.
 
Though far or strange or cold appear
  The shadowy things I tell,        10
Within the heart the hidden seer
  Knows and remembers well.
 
I think that in the coming time
  The hearts and hopes of men
The mountain tops of life shall climb,        15
  The gods return again.
 
I strive to blow the magic horn;
  It feebly murmureth;
Arise on some enchanted morn,
  Poet, with God’s own breath!        20
 
And sound the horn I cannot blow,
  And by the secret name
Each exile of the heart will know
  Kindle the magic flame.
 

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