PAST AND FUTURE
by: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
- HE new hath
come and now the old retires:
And so the past becomes a mountain-cell,
Where lone, apart, old hermit-memories dwell
In consecrated calm, forgotten yet
Of the keen heart that hastens to forget
Old longings in fulfilling new desires.
- And now the Soul stands in a vague, intense
Expectancy and anguish of suspense,
On the dim chamber-threshold . . . lo! he sees
Like a strange, fated bride as yet unknown,
His timid future shrinking there alone,
Beneath her marriage-veil of mysteries.
POEMS BY SAROJINI NAIDU
"Past and Future" is reprinted
from The Golden Threshold. Sarojini Naidu. New York: John
Lane Company, 1916.