NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE

NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE

Once, only once, upon a time,

We heard the bells of faerie chime,

And through the golden nights and days

They sang their Elfin roundelays.

The world and we were in our prime

Once, only once, upon a time.

Has Fairyland for ever flown?

– The darkness falls on me alone,

For on my sweet companion’s eyes

There shines the light of Paradise.

The heights of joy I cannot climb

As we did once upon a time.

Oh, loved one of the far away,

I know that we shall meet some day,

And once again walk hand in hand

Through all the realms of Fairyland.

And Heaven’s own harps around us chime,

As they did – once upon a time!

 

French, Percy. (1980) ‘Prose, Poems & Parodies.’  Dublin, Helicon Limited