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Upon Love's bosom Earth floats like an Ark
Safely through all the Deluge of the dark.


The best fruit loads the broken bough;
And in the wounds our sufferings plow,
Immortal love sows sovereign seed.

GERALD MASSEY, "The Ballad of Babe Christabel"

The summer Night comes brooding down on Earth,
As Love comes brooding down on human hearts,
With bliss that hath no utterance save rich tears.
She floats in fragrance down the smiling dark,
Foldeth a kiss upon the lips of Life--
Curtaineth into rest the weary world--
And shuts us in with all our hid delights.

GERALD MASSEY, "Wedded Love"

Were truth our uttered language, Angels might talk with men.

GERALD MASSEY, "The World is Full of Beauty"

Love rays us round as glory swathes a star,
And, from the mystic touch of lips and palms,
Streams rosy warmth!


The Future, like a fruitfuller Summer, sits
Ripening her Eden silently.


Still all the day the iron wheels go onward,
Grinding life down from its mark.

GERALD MASSEY, "The Cry of the Children"

Beauty walks in bravest dress,
And, fed with April's mellow showers,
The earth laughs out with sweet May-flowers,
That flush for very happiness.

GERALD MASSEY, "The Ballad of Babe Christabel"

The plough of Time breaks up our Eden-land,
And tramples down its fruitful flowery prime.
Yet thro' the dust of ages living shoots
O' the old immortal seed start in the furrows;
And, where Love looked on with glorious eye,
Thes quicken'd germs of everlastingness
Flower lusty, as of old in Paradise!

GERALD MASSEY, "Wooed and Won"

Our world oft turns in gloom, and Life both many a perilous way,
Yet there's no path so desolate and thorny, cold and gray,
But Beauty like a beacon burns above the dark of strife,
And like an Alchemist aye turns all things to golden life.

GERALD MASSEY, "The Chivalry of Labour Exhorted to the Worship of Beauty"

O Youth! flame earnest, still aspire,
With energies immortal!
To many a heaven of Desire,
Our yearning opes a portal!
And tho' Age wearies by the way,
And hearts break in the furrow,
We'll sow the golden grain Today--
The Harvest comes tomorrow.

GERALD MASSEY, "Today and Tomorrow"

I was a dweller amid shadows grim:
Till FREEDOM touched my yearning eyes, and lo!
Life in a shining circle, rounding rose,
As heaven on heaven goes up the jewell'd night.
New floods of passionate life swirl'd at my heart,
Like Ocean-surges rolling round the world:
And FREEDOM was my glittering Bride.


The deepest dark reveals the starriest hope.

GERALD MASSEY, "Long Expected"

The heart is like an instrument whose strings
Steal magic music from Life's mystic frets.

GERALD MASSEY, "Wedded Love"

Cling closer, closer, life to life,
Cling closer, heart to heart;
The time will come, my own wed Wife,
When you and I must part!
Let nothing break our band but Death,
For in the world above
'Tis the breaker Death that soldereth
Our ring of Wedded Love.

GERALD MASSEY, On a Wedding Day

In this dim world of clouding cares, we rarely know, till 'wildered eyes see white wings lessening up the skies, the Angels with us unawares.

GERALD MASSEY, The Ballad of Babe Christabel


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