Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. III. Sorrow and Consolation
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
VI. Consolation
Israel Zangwill (1864–1926)
LAUGHING, the blind boys
Run ’round their college lawn,
Playing such games of buff
Over its dappled grass!
See the blind frolicsome        5
Girls in blue pinafores,
Turning their skipping ropes!
How full and rich a world
Theirs to inhabit is!
Sweet scent of grass and bloom,        10
Playmates’ glad symphony.
Cool touch of western wind,
Sunshine’s divine caress.
How should they know or feel
They are in darkness?        15
But—O the miracle!
If a Redeemer came,
Laid fingers on their eyes—
One touch—and what a world
New born in loveliness!        20
Spaces of green and sky,
Hulls of white cloud adrift,
Ivy-grown college walls,
Shining loved faces!
What a dark world—who knows?        25
Ours to inhabit is!
One touch, and what a strange
Glory might burst on us!
What a hid universe!
Do we sport carelessly,        30
Blindly, upon the verge
Of an Apocalypse?

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