Victor James Daley

Here you will find the Poem The Nightingale of poet Victor James Daley

The Nightingale

WHEN the moon a golden-pale
 Lustre on my casement flings,
An enchanted nightingale
 In the haunted silence sings. 

Strange the song?its wondrous words
 Taken from the primal tongue,
Known to men, and beasts, and birds,
 When the care-worn world was young 

Listening low, I hear the stars
 Through her strains move solemnly,
And on lonesome banks and bars
 Hear the sobbing of the sea. 

And my memory dimly gropes
 Hints to gather from her song
Of forgotten fears and hopes,
 Joys and griefs forgotten long. 

And I feel once more the strife
 Of a passion, fierce and grand,
That, in some long-vanished life,
 Held my soul at its command. 

Ah, my Love, in robes of white
 Standing by a moonlit sea,
Like a lily of the night,
 Hast thou quite forgotten me? 

Dost thou never dream at whiles
 Of that silent, templed vale,
And the dim wood in whose aisles
 Sang a secret nightingale? 

Whither hast thou gone? What star
 Holds thy spirit pure and fine?
In this world below there are
 None like thee: and thou wert mine! 

For a season all things last,
 Love and Joy, and Life and Death;
Thou art portion of my past,
 I of thine, whilst Time draws breath. 

Fades the moonlight golden-pale,
 And the bird has ceased to sing?
Ah, it was no nightingale,
 But my heart?remembering.