Victor James Daley

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

The Voice of the Soul

In Youth, when through our veins runs fast
 The bright red stream of life,
The Soul?s Voice is a trumpet-blast
 That calls us to the strife. 
The Spirit spurns its prison-bars,
 And feels with force endued
To scale the ramparts of the stars
 And storm Infinitude. 

Youth passes; like a dungeon grows
 The Spirit?s house of clay:
The voice that once in music rose
 In murmurs dies away. 

But in the day when sickness sore
 Smites on the body?s walls,
The Soul?s Voice through the breach once more
 Like to a trumpet calls. 

Well shall it be with him who heeds
 The mystic summons then!
His after-life with loving deeds
 Shall blossom amongst men. 

He shall have gifts?the gift that feels
 The germ within the clod,
And hears the whirring of the wheels
 That turn the mills of God! 

The gift that sees with glance profound
 The secret soul of things,
And in the silence hears the sound
 Of vast and viewless wings! 

The veil of Isis sevenfold
 To him as gauze shall be,
Wherethrough, clear-eyed, he shall behold
 The Ancient Mystery. 

He shall do battle for the True,
 Defend till death the Right,
With Shoes of Swiftness Wrong pursue,
 With Sword of Sharpness smite. 

And, dying, he shall haply hear,
 Like golden trumpets blown
For joy, far voices sweet and clear?
 Soul-voices like his own. 

So welcomed may he join the Throng
 Upon the Shining Shore,
As one who, after wandering long,
 Returneth home once more!