Poem For Eostre (1887)

EOSTRE.

Goddess of Dawn and Spring, just as of old,

Come forth thy fair forerunners, bird and bee,

Leafage and flower and smiling sky. Lo ! we

Lift up glad hearts for all the promise told

In such gay hieroglyphs of blue and gold

And amethyst and rose. We almost see

Thy wondrous shape float earthward in the free

Warm air, most fair, mist-draperied, fold on fold.

Yet, shrines deserted, and that race of men,

Sun-haired and stalwart, gone, and with them fled

Their weird beliefs, through lapse of years still glows,

Still shines thy name as precious now as then

Upon the brow of one sweet day. The dead

Shall live. Light, dawn, and springtide! Christ

arose!

Source: Lines and Interlines, Julia P. Boynton, 1887

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