- Biographical information
- A Charge
- She Comes Not
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
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,
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.