"The Return to Nature"

Histories of Modern Poetry

Original Text: 
Alice Meynell, The Poems of Alice Meynell (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1923): 85. PR 5021 M3A17 1923 Robarts Library
1.1IT was the south : mid-everything,
1.2    Mid-land, mid-summer, noon ;
1.3And deep within a limpid spring
1.4    The mirrored sun of June.
1.5Splendour in freshness ! Ah, who stole
1.6    This sun, this fire, from heaven?
1.7He holds it shining in his soul,
1.8    Prometheus the forgiven.
2.1In her bright title poets dare
2.2    What the wild eye of fancy sees --
2.3Similitude -- the clear, the fair
2.4    Light mystery of images.
2.5Round the blue sea I love the best
2.6    The argent foam played, slender, fleet ;
2.7I saw -- past Wordsworth and the rest --
2.8    Her natural, Greek, and silver feet.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.