Mandragora/The Golden Cup

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The Golden Cup
by John Cowper Powys
Published in Mandragora (1917)

THE GOLDEN CUP

LOVELY with memories surging up,
    From a fount beneath the years,
This light spring day like a golden cup.
    Holds something deeper than tears.

Misty and tender, beneath, above.
    The green, green sap flows sweet.
And beyond the mountains waits my Love,
    With daisies at her feet.

Is it I, is it I, whom love has found?
    No! No! It cannot be!
I have lost my sense for such heavenly sound
    And my ear for such harmony.

Who am I that such liquid and tender mist
    From the green, green trees should rise?
Who am I to be welcomed and healed and kissed
    By the wonder of such skies?

Not unto me, oh. Lord, not unto me.
    This lovely and golden day!
Take it and scatter it abroad
    Over the land and sea!

Let it float and flicker, this heaven-sent light,
    Where the saddest wanderers roam;
Till the healing dews fall with the night,
    And the lost return to their home!


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The author died in 1963, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.