First World War Poetry Digital Archive

My Shy Hand

MY SHY HAND by WILFRED OWEN

My shy hand shades a hermitage apart,--- O large enough for thee, and thy brief hours. Life there is sweeter held than in God's heart, Stiller than in the heavens of hollow flowers.

The wine is gladder there than in gold bowls. And Time shall not drain thence, nor trouble spill. Sources between my fingers feed all souls, Where thou mayest cool thy lips, and draw thy fill.

Five cushions hath my hand, for reveries; And one deep pillow for thy brow's fatigues; Languor of June all winterlong, and ease For ever from the vain untravelled leagues.

Thither your years may gather in from storm, And Love, that sleepeth there, will keep thee warm.

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