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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Alfred Noyes. 1880–
 
118. Epilogue
(From "The Flower of Old Japan")
 
CAROL, every violet has 
Heaven for a looking-glass! 
  
Every little valley lies 
Under many-clouded skies; 
Every little cottage stands         5
Girt about with boundless lands. 
Every little glimmering pond 
Claims the mighty shores beyond— 
Shores no seamen ever hailed, 
Seas no ship has ever sailed.  10
  
All the shores when day is done 
Fade into the setting sun, 
So the story tries to teach 
More than can be told in speech. 
  
Beauty is a fading flower,  15
Truth is but a wizard's tower, 
Where a solemn death-bell tolls, 
And a forest round it rolls. 
  
We have come by curious ways 
To the light that holds the days;  20
We have sought in haunts of fear 
For that all-enfolding sphere: 
And lo! it was not far, but near. 
We have found, O foolish-fond, 
The shore that has no shore beyond.  25
  
Deep in every heart it lies 
With its untranscended skies; 
For what heaven should bend above 
Hearts that own the heaven of love? 
  
Carol, Carol, we have come  30
Back to heaven, back to home. 
 
 
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