Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | March 25, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Prolong the Night

by Renée Vivien (1877 – 1909).


Prolong the Night


Prolong the night, Goddess who sets us aflame!

Hold back from us the golden-sandalled dawn!

Already on the sea the first faint gleam

   Of day is coming on.


Sleeping under your veils, protect us yet,                              5

Having forgotten the cruelty day may give!

The wine of darkness, wine of the stars let

   Overwhelm us with love!


Since no one knows what dawn will come,

Bearing the dismal future with its sorrows                           10

In its hands, we tremble at full day, our dream

   Fears all tomorrows.


Oh! keeping our hands on our still-closed eyes,

Let us vainly recall the joys that take flight!

Goddess who delights in the ruin of the rose,                     15

   Prolong the night!



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