The Travail of Nature [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] The Travail of Nature The thunder storm’s drums and trumpets, the champing of surging seas, The rustle of reeds at twilight, the sobbing plaint of the rain, Wild winds that shriek in the heart o’ the bush, the falling of mighty […]

Evening Hymn to Krishna [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] Evening Hymn to Krishna Call on the Lord! Cows leave the byre And milk pails foam. The sunset’s fire Kindles the gopis’ wild desire To feel they kiss, and thrum Cymbals, and clash their bracelets bright, Breaking the still air of […]

An Assyrian Cast [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] An Assyrian Cast A vase, a verse, a plaster cast Preserves an empire of the past. The palace falls; a graven stone Rebuilds the walls of Babylon. A wingèd bull-god’s mystery Enwraps the might of Nineveh. An epigram embalms, I wis, […]

Silenus to a Young Satyr [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] Silenus to a Young Satyr (Suggested by a Picture of Botticelli) First, you will tread ripe grapes which bursting gleam And bubble, oozing in pale purple stream. Huge flagons you will quaff, wanton, carouse, But nothing lose save sorrow; you will […]

The Kookaburra [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] The Kookaburra When Time first opened her dim eyelids Before the Age of Joy, Before the Sphinx or the Pyramids, Before the Siege of Troy, And before the Alcheringa sighed, In Australia desolate The kookaburra, agog, descried The tangled threads of […]