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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
63. Comfort
DARK head by the fireside brooding,
  Where upon your ears
Whirlwinds of the earth intruding
  Sound in wrath and tears:
Tender-hearted, in your lonely        5
  Sorrow I would fain
Comfort you, and say that only
  Gods could feel such pain.
Only spirits know such longing
  For the far away;        10
And the fiery fancies thronging
  Rise not out of clay.
Keep the secret sense celestial
  Of the starry birth;
Though about you call the bestial        15
  Voices of the earth.
If a thousand ages since
  Hurled us from the throne:
Then a thousand ages wins
  Back again our own.        20
Sad one, dry away your tears:
  Mount again anew:
In the great ancestral spheres
  Waits the throne for you.


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