by William Sharp (1855 - 1905), as Fiona Macleod

Thou art the Daughter of the Sun
Language: English 
Thou art the Daughter of the Sun,
Even as the sun in a green place,
The light that is upon thy face!
When thou art gone there is dusk on my ways,

Thy soul is of sun-fire wrought in clay,
The white warm clay that hath for name,
Alona -- and for word of fame,
Eilidh -- and is for me a Flame
To burn against the Eternal Day,

The hills know thee, and the green woods,
And the wide sea, and the blue loch, and the stream:
On thy brow, Daughter of the Sun, is agleam
The mystery of Dream, -- 

The fires of the sun that burn thee,
O, heart of my heart, are in me!
Thy fire burns, thy flame killeth, thy sea
Of light blazeth continually -- 
Is there no rest in joy, no rest, no rest for me
Whom rapture slayeth utterly,
Alona, Alona!

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Author's note: Alona is the Anglicised form of an old Gaelic word signifying "exquisitely beautiful."


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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-18
Line count: 27
Word count: 152