Upon the road of high desire
My load yet lieth in the mire,
Because my heart would still engage
With trappings, caravan, and stage.
Where is the lightning of the gaze
That shall my dwelling burn and raze?
Fain would I yet a bargain keep
With what men sow, and what men reap.
O let this laymans vessel ride
Upon a full, tempestuous tide:
The wave affrighteth me so sore.
I fix my gaze upon the shore.
Ah, what adventure is to gain
To quiver, never to attain:
Thrice happy he, who even now
Behind the train doth riding go.
But he who never knew his heart
From the two worlds to dwell apart,
He still bemused and cheated is
By unsubstantial images.
A single, brief epiphany
Consoleth not the passionate eye:
Where shall I take the wounding dart
That pricketh even yet my heart?
In the glad presence of the friend
A history is that hath no end,
As still these sorrows yet unsaid
Lie in my heart deep-buried.