Sorrow: Lord Alfred Douglas

Into the silence of the empty night
I went and took my scorned heart with me,
And all the thousand eyes of heaven were bright;
But sorrow came and led me back to thee.

I turned my weary eyes towards the sun,
Out of the leaden East like smoke came he
I laughed and said “The night is passed and done”
But sorrow came and led me back to thee.

I turned my face towards the rising moon,
Out of the south she came most sweet to see,
She smiled upon mine eyes that loathed the noon;
But sorrow came and led me back to thee.

I bent my eyes upon the summer land,
And all the painted fields were ripe for me;
And ever flower nodded to my hand;
But sorrow came and led me back to thee.

O Love! O Sorrow! O Desired despair!
I turn my feet towards the boundless sea,
Into the dark I go and heed not where,
So that I come again at last to thee.

Lord Alfred Douglas 1870 – 1945

THE TRAVELLING COMPANION

The video clip is from ‘Now Voyager’ (1942) with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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