"Fire and Sleet and Candlelight"

Original Text: 
Elinor Wylie, Nets to Catch the Wind (New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1921): 30-31. Robarts Library PS 3545 Y45N4. Cf. Collected Poems of Elinor Wylie, foreword by William Rose Benét (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945): 27. PS 3545 Y45 A17 Robarts Library
1For this you've striven
2  Daring, to fail:
3Your sky is riven
4  Like a tearing veil.
5For this, you've wasted
6  Wings of your youth;
7Divined, and tasted
8  Bitter springs of truth.
9From sand unslakèd
10  Twisted strong cords,
11And wandered naked
12  Among trysted swords.
13There's a word unspoken,
14  A knot untied.
15Whatever is broken
16  The earth may hide.
17The road was jagged
18  Over sharp stones:
19Your body's too ragged
20  To cover your bones.
21The wind scatters
22  Tears upon dust;
23Your soul's in tatters
24  Where the spears thrust.
25Your race is ended --
26  See, it is run:
27Nothing is mended
28  Under the sun.
29Straight as an arrow
30  You fall to a sleep
31Not too narrow
32  And not too deep.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2004
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