Herbert Trench


    Biographical information

  1. A Charge
  2. She Comes Not

    Biographical information
      Name: Frederic Herbert Trench
      Place and date of birth: Avonmore, County Cork (Ireland); November 12, 1865
      Place and date of death: June 11, 1923 (aged 57)

      A Charge
        If thou hast squander'd years to grave a gem
        Commission'd by thy absent Lord, and while
        'Tis incomplete,
        Others would bribe thy needy skill to them
        Dismiss them to the street!
        Should'st thou at last discover Beauty's grove,
        At last be panting on the fragrant verge,
        But in the track,
        Drunk with divine possession, thou meet Love
        Turn at her bidding back.
        When round thy ship in tempest Hell appears,
        And every spectre mutters up more dire
        To snatch control
        And loose to madness thy deep-kennell'd Fears
        Then to the helm, O Soul!
        Last; if upon the cold green-mantling sea
        Thou cling, alone with Truth, to the last spar,
        Both castaway,
        And one must perish let it not be he
        Whom thou art sworn to obey!

      She Comes Not
        She comes not when Noon is on the roses
        Too bright is Day.
        She comes not to the Soul till it reposes
        From work and play.
        But when Night is on the hills, and the great Voices
        Roll in from Sea,
        By starlight and candle-light and dreamlight
        She comes to me.