I am shut out of mine own heart

by Christopher Brennan

I am shut out of mine own heart
because my love is far from me,
nor in the wonders have I part
that fill its hidden empery:

The wildwood of adventurous thought
and lands of dawn my dream had won,
the riches out of Faery brought
are buried with our bridal sun.

And I am in a narrow place,
and all its little streets are cold,
because the absence of her face
has robb’d the sullen air of gold.

My home is in a broader day:
at times I catch it glistening
thro’ the dull gate, a flower’d play
and odour of undying spring:

The long days that I lived alone,
sweet madness of the springs I miss’d,
are shed beyond, and thro’ them blown
clear laughter, and my lips are kiss’d:

And here, from mine own joy apart,
I wait the turning of the key: –
I am shut out of mine own heart
because my love is far from me.


 

Oh, lovely.

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