Wild Apples

Wild Apples by Jeanne Robert Foster

Wild Apples
Jeanne Robert Foster
(Julie Olliver)


J. B. Yeats, R.H.A.

When I am dead,—
Do I wish for beauty remembered for aye as a sun-bright gem
To coronal me through all the years with a deathless diadem?
Do I wish my name to be as a Master-Word,
Whispered wherever the awe and terror of power is stirred.
No, none of this,—
Neither beauty nor power,— for the groping hands of men
Will scatter my dust from its quiet place, and recreate me again.
No, only this,—
The sound of my singing voice, far-falling on alien seas,
Telling the strange, wild ways of the heart,— of life's full cup, and the lees,—
Heard at high noon
As a note that compassed the gamut of earth and sky,
That ran with the sweeping storm in the vault where the thunders die,—
Heard through the dawn,—
In the throat of the brown peewits and sparrows that build in the eaves,
In the hedge flower's bursting bud, and the trembling sound of the leaves.
Heard in the wind,—
With that unutterable sound of passionate breath,
The gasp of a quickened life when love goes down unto death.

  • The William P. Frye
  • Robert Lanier
  • W. B. Yeats — Reading
  • The Resurrection
  • The Flight
  • Moth Flowers
  • Who Am I?
  • The Wood
  • The Seas of God
  • The Soul's Desire
  • Come Thou With Me
  • The Ascent
  • The End and The Beginning
  • Irrevocable
  • The End
  • The Second Wife Speaks
  • Heartache
  • Hope Lies in This
  • The Answer
  • My Need
  • Mysteries
  • The Highest Love
  • To “Nesita, Sweet Singer in the Temple of Ammon”
  • Fools
  • Ideala
  • In Gaza
  • The Last Veil
  • The Grasshopper
  • The Retreat Prom Mons
  • To Roosevelt
  • Sleep
  • The Faery Woman
  • Scotch Arran
  • The Rains of Arran
  • “Riders to the Sea”
  • Songs of Ballyshannon
  • The Emigrant
  • The Stranger in The Glen
  • The Bitter Herb
  • Harbledown
  • The Fairy Prince
  • Song
  • Indian Summer
  • The Wild Rose
  • The Year of The Great War
  • Wild Tansy
  • The November Dandelion
  • The Daughters of The Rain
  • Renascence
  • The Bridal
  • To a Painting of a Young Girl Called “A Flower”
  • The Awakening
  • Love's Reality
  • Assurance
  • The Pixie's Pool
  • To a Rose Tree
  • Interlude
  • Our Lady of the Rain
  • At the End
  • Moonrise
  • Song
  • The Miracle
  • Daisies
  • Avalon
  • The Echo
  • Refuge
  • The Soul's Elect
  • We Are Not Twain
  • Resignation
  • The Eternal Triangle
  • How Shalt Thou Come?
  • The Outcast
  • I Can Give Up Thy Fame
  • Love
  • The Voice of Rala
  • Yesterday
  • The Last Gift
  • The Vision
  • I Held Joy in My Hand
  • The Blue Enamel Watch
  • The Secret
  • Disincarnate
  • My Idol
  • A Wayside Flower
  • The Awakening
  • The Soul's Farewell
  • Retrospect
  • Freedom
  • The Stronger Bond
  • The Picture
  • To My Mother
  • The Golden Bird
  • Rosamond
  • To the Woman Who Hates Me
  • The Profaned Word
  • The Silhouette
  • The Yellow Rose
  • The Pharisee's Wife Speaks
  • The Sermon
  • The Gleam
  • The Freedman
  • Ego
  • All—All I Demand
  • Narada
  • The Body
  • Pavlowa
  • Death at Dawn
  • Peacock Feathers
  • The Sphinx
  • Great Souls
  • The Street Singer
  • Arcady
  • The Barrier
  • Heartache
  • My Baby
  • Memory
  • To Cara
  • What God Meant
  • Orifiel
  • The Eve of Sanhain