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Poems by Isaac Rosenberg

EARLIER POEMS TESS The

EARLIER POEMS TESS The free fair life that has never been mine, the glory that might have been, If I were what you seem to be and what I may not be ! I know I walk upon the earth, but a dreadful wall between My spirit and your spirit lies, your joy and my misery. The angels that lie watching us, the little human P^y, What deem they of the laughter and the tears that flow apart ? When a word of man is a woman's doom do they " Ah ! turn and wonder and say, Why has God made love so great that love must burst her heart ?"" 159

— POEMS BY ISAAC ROSENBERG THE NUN So thy soul's meekness shrinks, Too loth to show her face Why should she shun the world ? It is a holy place. Concealed to itself If the flower kept its scent, Of itself amorous, Less rich its ornament. Use—utmost in each kind Is beauty, truth in one, AVhile soul rays light to soul In one God-linked sun. WO

Redcliffe Voice Issue 6 Summer 2018