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Poems by Isaac Rosenberg

POEMS 1JV ISAAC

POEMS 1JV ISAAC ROSENBERG IN THE UNDERWORLD I have lived in the underworld so long : How can vou, a creature of light, 'Without terror understand the song And unmoved hear what moves in night ? I am a spirit that yours has found, Strange, undelightful, obscure, Created by some other God, and bound In terrible darkness, breathing breath impure. Creature of light and happiness, Deeper the darkness was when you, With your bright terror eddying the distress, Grazed the dark waves and shivering further Hew. 152

EARLIER POEMS O, IN A WORLD OF MEN AND WOMEN O, in a world of men and women, Where all things seemed so strange to me, And speech the common world called human For me was a vain mimicry, I thought—O, am I one in sorrow ? Or is the world more quick to hide Their pain with raiment that they borrow From pleasure in the house of pride ? O joy of mine, O longed-for stranger, How I would greet you if you came : In the world's joys I've been a ranger, In my world sorrow is their name. 153