SONG by EDWARD THOMAS
As the clouds that are so light, Beautiful, swift, and bright, Cast shadows on field and park Of the earth that is so dark, And even so now, light one! Beautiful, swift and bright one! You let fall on a heart that was dark, Unillumined, a deeper mark. But clouds would have, without earth To shadow, far less worth: Away from your shadow on me Your beauty less would be, And if it still be treasured An age hence, it shall be measured By this small dark spot Without which it were not.
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|Author||Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)|
|Notes||Named 'The clouds that are so Light' by Longley in 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems' (2008).|
|Copyright||Copyright Edward Thomas, 1979, reproduced under licence from Faber and Faber Ltd.|
|First line||As the clouds that are so light,|
|Publication source||Edward Thomas Collected Poems|
|Publication editor||Thomas, George|
|Publishers||Faber and Faber|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|