Philip James Bailey Poems on War & Peace (20 Poems)

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    Festus – XLV (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    ‘Twas held of old by some heresiarch sage,Whose nobler name time bruits not overmuch,That evil and good, twin powers, as light and dark,Were destined to contest with varying mean,The world while e’er it lasts; but in the sumOf things, the … Continue reading

    Festus – XLII (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    The soul–state, intermediate ‘twixt earth’s lifeAnd the world future, unconceived till seen,We search with curious awe; mark dormant death;Nor, joyless, evil accost, by heaven restrained;From bonds aeonian loosened, ere the end:View, visionary, the circle of false gods,Refractions of the sole … Continue reading

    Festus – XXXIII (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    As in our sky sometimes a vaporous massLow down, shows thunder threatening; while by windsOf happier, if adverse wing fanned, high up,Unutterably extolled, a cloud–stream clear,Tinged as with ghostliest silver, spreads, opposed,Its shadowy waveletage, bespeaking peaceProspective, genial change; so here; … Continue reading

    Festus – XIII (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    In one of earth’sHead cities, awaiting this, the effect unknown,Of evil, not, truly, all–wise, we towerlike rise;With eminent but indifferent eye survey,Subdue, in thought, society, now in allIts greater grades seen. Secret science, sinceDivert to aims of power mysterious, schemesFor … Continue reading

    Festus – XLI (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    Millennial earth, transfigured to a star,The rebegotten world, see, born again;Good, universal order, peace and joy.Fruits of the new creation, all the heirsHoly, of light, share; sweet command in these,In those, obedience sweeter still. All artSublimed, all science hallowed, to … Continue reading

    Festus – XXXVII (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    Not on one plane indeviable, the soulMakes way, but moonlike waveringly as thoughNot to advance for a time content; the whileUrged by interior fate to compass heavenPauseless; the spirit’s instruction still proceeds;And God’s original end itself fulfil.Soul commune solitary with … Continue reading

    Festus – XVI (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    Charged by the spirit e’er upwards ripening, manAnd evil, his mightier minister, invadePeaceful, that sacred sphere, the queen of heaven,Whose passive utterances of light revealThe birth of things, their subjectness to soul,Spiritual and human; sin’s source, and the meansWhereby perfection … Continue reading

    Festus – XXXII (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    God only can heal the bruised spirit, and yieldPeace. By the overthrown altar of a fane,Foundation shattered, which from faith to faithTranslate, e’er consecrate still stands, we joinIn mystic worship secretly. Let us trustAll, worship, form and offering grateful. StoneUntooled; … Continue reading

    Festus – Proem (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    This time is equal to all time that’s goneOf like extent, nor heeds to hide its faceBefore the future: each is missioned hereTo ends like worthy of its sender, God.Him therefore let us bless too, and take heart;All ages are … Continue reading

    Festus – XXX (Philip James Bailey Poems)

    Thence earthward tending, first we make the sun;Where, as at rest in light, a mediate point,A bright effect original of God,Enlightening all things, inly and externe,‘Twixt earth and heaven, our soul heroic nowThe spirit beloved, progressive, earlier metIn satellite sphere, … Continue reading

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