Edward Thomas

The Glory

The glory of the beauty of the morning, - 
The cuckoo crying over the untouched dew;  
The blackbird that has found it, and the dove 
That tempts me on to something sweeter than love;   
White clouds ranged even and fair as new-mown hay;   
The heat, the stir, the sublime vacancy 
Of sky and meadow and forest and my own heart: -  
The glory invites me, yet it leaves me scorning 
All I can ever do, all I can be,  
Beside the lovely of motion, shape, and hue,  
The happiness I fancy fit to dwell 
In beauty's presence. Shall I now this day 
Begin to seek as far as heaven, as hell,  
Wisdom or strength to match this beauty, start 
And tread the pale dust pitted with small dark drops,  
In hope to find whatever it is I seek,  
Hearkening to short-lived happy-seeming things 
That we know naught of, in the hazel copse?  
Or must I be content with discontent 
As larks and swallows are perhaps with wings?  
And shall I ask at the day's end once more 
What beauty is, and what I can have meant 
By happiness? And shall I let all go,  
Glad, weary, or both? Or shall I perhaps know 
That I was happy oft and oft before,  
Awhile forgetting how I am fast pent,  
How dreary-swift, with naught to travel to,  
Is Time? I cannot bite the day to the core.