I dreamed that twixt two fair far-sundered spheres A bridge of beams was wrought with starry twire, That arched and wound in many a radiant spire Across the gulf of the unpeopled years; And o'er the bridge, like living loves and fears, Went wild-eyed wingéd things, and shapes of fire, Despairs that wrung their hands for doomed desire, And sheeted forms that shed eternal tears. Ah well I knew those peopled planets, well The folk that passed between them, full of woe And lamentations, and tears poured in vain: And Love it was who thus linked heaven with hell. And let the phantom thoughts go to and fro, My soul and thine across this gulf of pain.
by Evelyn Douglas a.k.a John Barlas
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