Would they have hearts to see or understand?

. . . Nay, for he hovers there to-night we know,

Thorn-crowned above the water and the land.

VII. Epilogue. Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings

Though I have found you like a snow-drop pale,

On sunny days have found you weak and still,

Though I have often held your girlish head

Drooped on my shoulder, faint from little ill: --

Under the blessing of your Psyche-wings

I hide to-night like one small broken bird,

So soothed I half-forget the world gone mad: --

And all the winds of war are now unheard.

My heaven-doubting pennons feel your hands

With touch most delicate so circling round,

That for an hour I dream that God is good.

And in your shadow, Mercy's ways abound.

I thought myself the guard of your frail state,

And yet I come to-night a helpless guest,

Hiding beneath your giant Psyche-wings,

Against the pallor of your wondrous breast.

[End of original text.]

Biographical Note:

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931):

(Vachel is pronounced Vay-chul, that is, it rhymes with `Rachel').

"The Eagle that is Forgotten" and "The Congo" are two of his best-known poems,

and appear in his first two volumes of verse, "General William Booth

Enters into Heaven" (1913) and "The Congo" (1914).

Lindsay himself considered his drawings and his prose writings

to be as important as his verse, all coming together to form a whole.

His "Collected Poems" (1925) gives a good selection.


From an anthology of verse by Jessie B. Rittenhouse (1913, 1917):

"Lindsay, Vachel. Born November 10, 1879. Educated at Hiram College, Ohio.

He took up the study of art and studied at the Art Institute, Chicago,

1900-03 and at the New York School of Art, 1904-05. For a time

after his technical study, he lectured upon art in its practical relation

to the community, and returning to his home in Springfield, Illinois,

issued what one might term his manifesto in the shape of

"The Village Magazine", divided about equally between prose articles,

pertaining to beautifying his native city, and poems,

illustrated by his own drawings. Soon after this, Mr. Lindsay,

taking as scrip for the journey, "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread",

made a pilgrimage on foot through several Western States

going as far afield as New Mexico. The story of this journey is given

in his volume, "Adventures while Preaching the Gospel of Beauty".

Mr. Lindsay first attracted attention in poetry by "General William Booth

Enters into Heaven", a poem which became the title of his first volume,

in 1913. His second volume was "The Congo", published in 1914.

He is attempting to restore to poetry its early appeal as a spoken art,

and his later work differs greatly from the selections contained

in this anthology."

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