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Monday, 13 September 2021

The Precept of Silence by Lionel Pigot Johnson

I know you: solitary griefs,
Desolate passions, aching hours!
I know you : tremulous beliefs,
Agonised hopes, and ashen flowers!

The winds are sometimes sad to me;
The starry spaces, full of fear;
Mine is the sorrow on the sea,
And mine the sigh of places drear.

Some players upon plaintive strings
Publish their wistfulness abroad:
I have not spoken of these things,
Save to one man, and unto God.

From: Johnson, Lionel, Some Poems of Lionel Johnson, 1912, Elkin Mathews: London, p. 67.

Date: 1893

By: Lionel Pigot Johnson (1867-1902)