Here you will find the Poem The Camp Within the West of poet Roderic Quinn
O DID you see a troop go by Way-weary and oppressed, Dead kisses on the drooping lip And a dead heart in the breast? Yea, I have seen them one by one Way-weary and oppressed, And when I asked them, `Whither speed?? They answered, `To the West!? And were they pale as pale could be? Death-pale with haunted eyes, And did you see the hot white dust Range round their feet and rise? Oh, they were pale as pale could be, And pale as an embered leaf; The hot white dust had risen, but They laid it with their grief. Did no one say the way is long, And crave a little rest? Oh no, they said, `The night is nigh, Our camp is in the West!? And did pain pierce their feet, as though The way with thorns were set, And were they visited by strange Dark angels of regret? Oh yea, and some were mute as death, Though shot by many a dart, With them the salt of inward tears Went stinging through the heart. And how are these wayfarers called, And whither do they wend? The Weary-Hearted?and their road At sunset hath and end. Shed tears for them?Nay, nay, no tears! They yearn for endless rest; Perhaps large stars will burn above Their camp within the West.