Mandragora

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Mandragora  (1917) 
by John Cowper Powys

MANDRAGORA

POEMS


by

JOHN COWPER POWYS


"Give me to drink Mandragora —"
Antony and Cleopatra.


1917
G. ARNOLD SHAW
NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY
G. ARNOLD SHAW

Copyright in Great Britain and the Colonies

DEDICATED
to
MARIAN POWYS


Oh lace-maker, what joys, what fears
   Do you weave into your thread?
What sorcery from the far-off years
   Hovers above your head?
Your flickering fingers are dipped deep
   In the magic-flowing stream.
Is there a sleep beneath this sleep
   And a dream beyond this dream?

CONTENTS

  page
The Flute-player 1
The Cup 3
The Vigil 4
Her Love 5
Wayfarers 7
Episode 9
Invocation 10
The Writer 11
Blasphemy 12
The Flower 13
Veni Creator Spiritus 15
The Blood 17
The Wind 19
Escape 20
The Old Cry 21
Waiting 22
A Face 23
The Sea-bird 24
At the End of the World 25
Night 26
The Daughter of the Sphinx 27
The Little Flame 28
The River 29
Ave Maria 30
The Recluse 32
The Leaves 33
In the Night 34
Requiem 35
The Traitor 36
The Tears 37
Spring 38
A Look 39
The Horizon 40
Demeter Consolatrix 42
The Golden Cup 43
The Poplar-leaves 44
The Mist 45
Optimism 46
The Appeal 47
God 49
Persephone 50
The Visitor 51
With Flowers in our Hands 51
War 52
To Lulu 54
The Oracle 55
They Say 56
Over 57
The Willow-seeds 59
Reversion 60
For Once 61
The Saturnian 63
The Hour 65
Obsequies 65
Accusation 66
The Monk 67
Deserted 69
Remorse 70
To Isadora Duncan 71
Travellers 72
The Dance 74
Twilight 75
The Tune 76
Reaction 77
Saturn 78
The Shoes 83
Eternity 84
The Mask 85
What We Say 86
"Be Hard!" 88
Many Waters 90
The Bassarid 91
The Cry 93
Renewal 94
Understanding 96
There It Is! 97
Pax Vobiscum 98
The Lane 99
Condemned 100
The Rose-leaves 102
The Exile 104
Mortmain 105
First and Last 106
Piety 107
Evasion 108
The Gods 109
The Water 111
The Rose 112
The Wood 113
The Book 115
Supreme Unction 116
A Question 117
Euthanasia 118
A Farewell 120
The Garden 122
Nunc Dimittis 124
Moments 124
Noon 125
Lost 127
Obsession 128
Exiles 129
Memory 130
Nothing 131
Whiteness 132
Silence 133
Finis 134
The Grave 135
The Return 137
The Ship 138