Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/In Dreamland

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IN dreamland is a castle fair
 Wherein my love doth dwell:
Its turrets waver into air
 From fields where asphodel
And poppy keep not watch, but sleep,
 'Neath an enchanter's spell.

Pale offspring of a starlit sky,
 One rose—for need like mine—
Has over-climbed the ivies high,
 About her sill to twine,
And there, abloom, with rare perfume
 Makes exquisite her shrine.

Still, night by night, the wondrous bird
 That ne'er is heard by day,
Thrills, with my heart's unspoken word,
 Those mystic turrets gray,
And heavened above, sings to my love
 His plaintive roundelay.

Ah, would that I, through tender gloom
 Upmounting, lover-wise,
Might find her in the fragrant room,—
 Her virgin Paradise,—
But for one night behold the light
 Beam in her charmèd eyes!

Alas! I shall nor lead her down
 The steep and skyey stair,
Nor find her here in the dull town,
 The sunlight on her hair,—
Yet, could we meet, my heart would greet
 And know her anywhere!