Leave him now Quiet by the Way

Original Text: 
The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 198 (no. XXVIII of "Later Lyrics"). PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
1Leave him now quiet by the way
2To rest apart.
3I know what draws him to the dust alway
4And churns him in the builder's lime:
5He has the fright of time.
6I heard it knocking in his breast
7A minute since;
8His human eyes did wince,
9He stubborned like the massive slaughter beast
10And as a thing o'erwhelmed with sound
11Stood bolted to the ground.
12Leave him, for rest alone can cure--
13If cure there be--
14This waif upon the sea.
15He is of those who slanted the great door
16And listened--wretched little lad--
17To what they said.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.