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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. 

Credit


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).

Author


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