Poem by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)




Peace

 

    The calm outgoing of a long, rich day,
        Checkered with storm and sunshine, gloom and light,
    Now passing in pure, cloudless skies away,
        Withdrawing into silence of blank night.
        Thick shadows settle on the landscape bright,
    Like the weird cloud of death that falls apace
    On the still features of the passive face.


    Soothing and gentle as a mother's kiss,
        The touch that stopped the beating of the heart.
    A look so blissfully serene as this,
        Not all the joy of living could impart.
        Patient to bide, yet willing to depart,

    With dauntless faith and courage therewithal,
    The Master found her ready at his call.


    On such a golden evening forth there floats,
        Between the grave earth and the glowing sky
    In the clear air, unvexed with hazy motes,
        The mystic-winged and flickering butterfly,
        A human soul, that drifts at liberty,
    Ah! who can tell to what strange paradise,
    To what undreamed-of fields and lofty skies.!

 

 

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Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
That she who lived a comparatively short life, could have penned such valued words as to have them engraved at the foot of the statue of liberty! This poem 'Peace' could only have been written (I feel) by someone who had witnessed peaceful human passing: In itself nothing, and yet momentous and triumphant in its achievement... as is the writing of such a lovely poem.
2022-05-02


Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
There's a line missing from the second stanza:

Not all the joy of living could impart.
Patient to bide, yet willing to depart,
With dauntless faith and courage therewithal,

--- all the other stanzas having seven lines, I had to doublecheck!

I found the complete text on the University of Michigan's website.
2022-05-02