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Maurice Francis Egan (1852–1924)

Maurice de Guérin

THE OLD wine filled him, and he saw, with eyes

Anoint of Nature, fauns and dryads fair

Unseen by others; to him maidenhair

And waxen lilacs, and those birds that rise

A-sudden from tall reeds at slight surprise,

Brought charmèd thoughts; and in earth everywhere

He, like sad Jaques, found a music rare

As that of Syrinx to old Grecians wise.

A pagan heart, a Christian soul had he:

He followed Christ, yet for dead Pan he sighed.

Till earth and heaven met within his breast;

As if Theocritus in Sicily

Had come upon the Figure crucified,

And lost his gods in deep Christ-given rest.