Infinity , eternity —

Infinity , eternity —
Words on the wind that wails through space and time ,
Chilling the heart upon his little jaunt
Cradle to tomb .
Wrap warm , small heart , jog along pettily ,
At every inn dismount to ask your road ,
Laze there an hour , wrap warm and onward ride :
Too brief an hour , too cramped a living-room
For you to meet and mirror in one rhyme
The lonely shapes , the essences that haunt
Eternity , infinity .

Eternity , infinity ,
Whisper compassion when a mortal mind
Bereaved along the way shrinks time and space
To one green mound :
“Fond man , if love was life , life ecstasy ,
Mourn not the loved and lost : all is secure —
Not to be dead is death , but not to care .
Snatch joy from living till the lost be found
Who shall be found indeed , whom you shall find
Safe in the love of him whose arms embrace
Infinity , eternity . ”

29 January 1954

The gentleness of heaven encompass thee

The gentleness of heaven encompass thee
As night enfolds thy bed ; sleep now secure ,
The armour of thy soul laid by till dawn .
Round thee four angels , ever vigilant
This night stand steadfastly ;
Their wings , as thy soul pure ,
Soft as the feathered snow now drifting down
Austerely , delicately ,
Wrap all the room in silence infinite .

Most greatly loved , most greatly worth the loving ,
Sleep on , and take thy rest : my heart with thee
Lies wrapped in feathered silence till the dawn .
My chastened thoughts now lend thy chastity
A snowcold covering .
No other love for me
Had ever life : when life and time are done ,
All longing , all remembering ,
I look to love thee in eternity

28 January 1954