First and Second Sight

by Hervey Allen

Hervey Allen

I saw in a moment of second sight
A spirit flash out of the sea;
It stood in a garment of water and light
And held out its arms to me.

And my soul glanced out of a dark eclipse
As the sun when it passes the moon,
While that spirit sang with its bloodless lips
A song to a merman's tune.

Oh, never before in a dream by the shore
Came a spirit thus from the sea!
And never again in the world of men
Will a miracle happen to me

Love, the infant heavenly-wise,
Thus begotten through my eyes,
Leaped unborn within my breast
Where his head shall never rest.

Last updated January 14, 2019