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The Song of Elf

By Chesterton, Gilbert K.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000577648
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Song of Elf  
Author: Chesterton, Gilbert K.
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: The Song of Elf // Blue-eyed was Elf the minstrel, // With womanish hair and ring, // Yet heavy was his hand on sword, // Though light upon the string. // And as he stirred the strings of the harp // To notes but four or five, // The heart of each man moved in him // Like a babe buried alive. // And they felt the land of the folk-songs // Spread southward of the Dane // And they heard the good Rhine flowing // In the heart of all Allemagne. // They felt the land of the folk-songs, // Where the gifts hang on the tree, // Where the girls give ale at morning // And the tears come easily. // The mighty people, womanlike, // That have pleasure in their pain; // As he sang of Balder beautiful, // Whom the heavens loved in vain. // As he sang of Balder beautiful, // Whom the heavens could not save, // Till the world was like a sea of tears // And every soul a wave. // 'There is always a thing forgotten // When all the world goes well // A thing forgotten, as long ago // When the gods forgot the mistletoe, // And soundless as an arrow of snow // The arrow of anguish fell. // 'The thing on the blind side of the heart, // On the wrong side of the door; // The green plant groweth, menacing // Almighty lovers in the spring; // There is always a forgotten thing, // And love is not secure.


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