MERLIN : A Poem
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- Publication Date:June 2, 2012
MERLIN A Poem
EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON
"Gawaine, Gawaine, what look ye for to see,
So far beyond the faint edge of the world ?
D'ye look to see the lady Vivian,
Pursued by divers ominous vile demons
That have another king more fierce than ours ?
Or think ye that if ye look far enough
And hard enough into the feathery west
Ye'll have a glimmer of the Grail itself ?
And if ye look for neither Grail nor lady,
What look ye for to see, Gawaine, Gawaine ?"
So Dagonet, whom Arthur made a knight
Because he loved him as he laughed at him,
Intoned his idle presence on a day
To Gawaine, who had thought himself alone,
Had there been in him thought of anything
Save what was murmured now in Camelot
Of Merlin's hushed and all but unconfirmed
Appearance out of Brittany. It was heard
At first there was a ghost in Arthur's palace,
But soon among the scullions and anon
Among the knights a firmer credit held
All tongues from uttering what all glances told —
Though not for long. Gawaine, this afternoon,
Fearing he might say more to Lancelot
Of Merlin's rumor-laden resurrection
Than Lancelot would have an ear to cherish,
Had sauntered off with his imagination
To Merlin's Rock, where now there was no Merlin
To meditate upon a whispering town
Below him in the silence. — Once he said
To Gawaine : "You are young ; and that being so,
Behold the shining city of our dreams
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