The Light of the House
Beyond the cheat of Time, here where you died, you live; You pace the garden walk, secure and sensitive; You linger on the stair: Love’s lonely pulses leap! The harpsichord is shaken, the dogs look up from sleep. Here, after all the years, you keep the heirdom still; The youth and joy in you achieve their olden will, Unbidden, undeterred, with waking sense adored; And still the house is happy that hath so dear a lord. To every inmate heart, confirmed in cheer you brought, Your name is as a spell midway of speech and thought, And to a wonted guest (not awestruck heretofore), The sunshine that was you floods all the open door.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 9, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
This poem was originally published in Happy Ending: The Collected Lyrics of Louise Imogen Guiney (Houghton Mifflin, 1909).
Louise Imogen Guiney
Guiney, a poet, essayist, literary critic, and biographer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1861.
Date Published: 1909-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/light-house