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Eyrie Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 3

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The little pink house is high on the hill

And my heart is not what it used to be;

It will kick up a fuss I know, but still

I must toil up that twisty trail to see

What that empty old house can mean to me.

For a Poet lived there for donkey's years,

A Poet of parts and founded fame.

He took to the bottle, it appears,

And hid up there to enjoy his shame . . .

Oh, no, I'll never betray his name.

Then gaily he drank himself to death,

But, oh, on the rarest of mellow wine;

An exquisite way to end one's breath -

Lachrimae Christi, I'd choose for mine,

To sip and souse in the sweet sunshine.

They say that poets are half divine;

I question if that is always true;

At least, our Poet was partly swine,

Drunk each day, with a drab or two,

Till Presto! he vanished from our view.

Maybe he was weary of woe and sin,

Or sick, and crawled like a dog to die;

Where the olives end and the pines begin,

He sought the peace of the sun and sky . . .

He would see no one, and I wonder why?

And so I must climb up, up some day

And try to picture my Poet there;

He sprawled on his rose-bowered porch, they say,

To smoke and fuddle and dream and stare

At the sapphire sea through the amber air.

He gave up the ghost with none to see;

In his bed, no doubt, though I'd fain surmise

It was yonder under the ilex tree,

Watching the sun in splendour rise,

With the glory of God-light in his eyes.

Well, he was a Lord of Radiant Rhyme;

His gift was godlike, one can't deny,

But he quit in the glory of his prime

As if he despised us - I wonder why?

As if he found, where yon mountains soar,

Far from men-folk and heaven-high,

Peace and Beauty forever more . . .

Peace and Beauty - Ah! so would I.


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