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John Evelyn Barlas (1860–1914), pseudonym Evelyn Douglas, was an English poet and political activist of the late 19th century. He was a member of the decadent movement in literature, as well as a revolutionary socialist in politics.
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Love Sonnets (1889)
- Loved once for ever loved: how surely sounds
This gospel to me since I learned to list
Truth from thy lips, mine own evangelist.
What thought presumes to set now any bounds
To Love whose being informs us and surrounds?
- XXIII."Loved once for ever loved: how surely sounds"
- As I go musing through this mournful land
Soothed by the pine-tree's solemn harmony,
Thy well-loved image comes and walks by me.
I seem to hold thee by the gentle hand
And talk of things I dimly understand,
That thy dear spirit set to mine may be
As to an intricate lock the simple key.
- XXXII. "As I go musing through this mournful land"
- I saw thee in a vision of the night
Transfigured; for it seemed that on thy brows
The heavens did rest with all their stars, like boughs
Laden with blossoms; round thy feet the bright
Green waves, like grass, ran rippling, strewn with white
Star-fragments of rent petals: wasted vows,
And ruined prayers I thought them, such as house
In hearts that love and are not loved aright.
- XLVI. "I saw thee in a vision of the night"