The Yellow Book/Volume 6/The Golden Touch

The Golden Touch

The amber dust of sunset fills
The limits of my narrow room,
And every sterile shadow thrills
To golden hope, to golden bloom.

Sweet through the splendour, shrill and sweet,
Somewhere a neighbouring cage-bird sings,
Sings of the Spring in this grey street
While olden lories ild his wins.

Clothed with the sun he breaks to song
In vague remembrance, deep delight
Of dim green worlds, forsaken long,
Of leaf-hung dawn and dewy night.

My prisoning bars, transfigured too,
Fade with the day, forsworn, forgot
Melt in a golden mist and you
Are here, although you know it not.