TO A DAISY
by: Alice Meynell (1847-1922)
- LIGHT as
thou art, thou art enough to hide,
- Like all created things, secrets from me,
- And stand a barrier to eternity.
- And I, how can I praise thee well and wide
- From where I dwell--upon the hither side?
- Thou little veil for so great mystery,
- When shall I penetrate all things and thee,
- And then look back? For this I must abide,
- Till thou shalt grow and fold and be unfurled
- Literally between me and the world.
- Then shall I drink from in beneath a spring,
- And from a poets side shall read his book.
- O daisy mine, what will it be to look
- From Gods side even of such a simple thing?
POEMS BY ALICE MEYNELL
"To a Daisy" is reprinted
from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Ed. Nicholson
& Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.