Poems 1912-1913

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Beauty and Beauty


Mary and Gabriel


The Busy Heart


The Chilterns


The Night Journey

The Way That Lovers Use

The Funeral of Youth: Threnody


The Way That Lovers Use

The way that lovers use is this;
   They bow, catch hands, with never a word,
And their lips meet, and they do kiss,
   -- So I have heard.

They queerly find some healing so,
   And strange attainment in the touch;
There is a secret lovers know,
   -- I have read as much.

And theirs no longer joy nor smart,
   Changing or ending, night or day;
But mouth to mouth, and heart on heart,
   -- So lovers say.