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