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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
At the Granite Gate
By Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
 
From ‘Behind the Arras’

THERE paused to shut the door
  A fellow called the Wind.
With mystery before,
  And reticence behind,
 
A portal waits me too        5
  In the glad house of spring;
One day I shall pass through
  And leave you wondering.
 
It lies beyond the marge
  Of evening or of prime,        10
Silent and dim and large,
  The gateway of all time.
 
There troop by night and day
  My brothers of the field;
And I shall know the way        15
  Their wood-songs have revealed.
 
The dusk will hold some trace
  Of all my radiant crew
Who vanished to that place,
  Ephemeral as dew.        20
 
Into the twilight dun,
  Blue moth and dragon-fly
Adventuring alone,—
  Shall be more brave than I?
 
There innocents shall bloom,        25
  And the white cherry tree,
With birch and willow plume
  To strew the road for me.
 
The wilding orioles then
  Shall make the golden air        30
Heavy with joy again,
  And the dark heart shall dare
 
Resume the old desire,—
  The exigence of spring
To be the orange fire        35
  That tips the world’s gray wing.
 
And the lone wood-bird—Hark!
  The whippoorwill, night-long,
Threshing the summer dark
  With his dim flail of song!—        40
 
Shall be the lyric lift,
  When all my senses creep,
To bear me through the rift
  In the blue range of sleep.
 
And so I pass beyond        45
  The solace of your hand.
But ah, so brave and fond!
  Within that morrow-land,
 
Where deed and daring fail,
  But joy forevermore        50
Shall tremble and prevail
  Against the narrow door,
 
Where sorrow knocks too late,
  And grief is overdue,
Beyond the granite gate        55
  There will be thoughts of you.
 
 
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