Richard Watson Gilder
Richard Watson Gilder (February 8, 1844 – November 19, 1909) was an American poet and editor.
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The New Day (1875)Edit
The New Day: A Poem in Songs and Sonnets (New York: The Century Co., 1875)
- I love her doubting and anguish;
I love the love she withholds;
I love my love that loveth her
And anew her being moulds.
- Part III. XII: "Song (I Love Her Gentle Forehead)", line 9; p. 55.
- The Smile of her I love is like the dawn
Whose touch makes Memnon sing:
O, see where wide the golden sunlight flows—
The barren desert blossoms as the rose!
- Part III. XXIV: "The Smile of Her I Love", line 1; p. 69.
- Not from the whole wide world I chose thee—
Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea!
The wide, wide world could not inclose thee,
For thou art the whole wide world to me.
- Part IV. IV: "Song (Not from the Whole Wide World)", line 1; p. 86.
- Heaven from the hopeless doubter
The true believer makes:
Against the darkness outer
The light God's likeness takes.
- Part IV. XVII: "He Knows Not the Path of Duty", line 9; p. 100.
- Through love to light! Oh wonderful the way
That leads from darkness to the perfect day!
- "After-Song", line 1; p. 103.
Lyrics and Other Poems (1885)Edit
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885
- From all the misty morning air, there comes a summer sound,—
A murmur as of waters from skies, and trees and ground.
The birds they sing upon the wing, the pigeons bill and coo.
- "A Midsummer Song", stanza 2; p. 11.
- I am a woman—therefore I may not
Call to him, cry to him,
Fly to him,
Bid him delay not.
- "A Woman's Thought", line 1; p. 16.
- O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
- "The Celestial Passion", line 1; p. 111.