A Vision of Youth by Victor J. Daley

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A horseman on a hilltop green
   Drew rein, and wound his horn;
So bright he looked he might have been
   The Herald of the Morn.

His steed was of the sovran strain
   In Fancy's meadows bred ---
And Pride was in his tossing mane,
   And Triumph in his tread.

The rider's eyes like jewels glowed ---
   The World was in his hand ---
As down the woodland way he rode
   When Spring was in the land.

From golden hour to golden hour
   For him the woodland sang,
And from the heart of every flower
   A singing fairy sprang.

He rode along with rein so free,
   And, as he rode, the Blue
Mysterious Bird of Fantasy
   Ever before him flew.

He rode by castle and by cot,
   Through all the greenland gay;
Bright eyes through casements glanced at him;
   He laughed --- and rode away.

The whole world wide was all aflood
   With light empyrean,
And through his throbbing veins the blood
   In keen sweet shudders ran.

His steed tossed head with fiery scorn,
   And stamped, and snuffed the air ---
As though he heard a sudden horn
   Of far-off battle blare.

Erect the rider sat awhile
   With flashing eyes, and then
Turned slowly, sighing, with a smile,
   "The weary world of men!"

But ah -- but ah! the Morning glowed,
   The green trees beckoned him,
And deep, and deeper still, rode he
   Into the Forest Dim.

That rider with his face aglow
   With joy of life I see
In dreams. Ah, years and years ago
   He parted ways with me!

Yet, sometimes, when the days are drear
   And all the world forlorn,
From out the dim wood's heart I hear
   The echo of his horn.

First published in The Bulletin, 13 January 1894;
and later in
At Dawn and Dusk by Victor J Daley, 1898;
Selections from the Australian Poets edited by Bertram Stevens and George Mackaness, 1925; and
Early Verse of the Canberra Region: A Collection of Poetry, Verse and Doggerel from Newspapers, Other Publications and Private Sources edited by Lyall Gillespie, 1994.

Author reference sites: Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Poetry Library

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