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Brilliant with stars, the night will shake them While music plays, in gentle ease And wind will fill their sails and take them To other, undiscovered seas. Oh heavenly sky of streaming blue 1 Enormous wind, the sails blow free I Early Poems and Psalms 1 9 1 3-19zo Let wind and heavens g o hang I But oh Sweet Mary, let us keep the sea l 9 But then upon an April evening Without a star by which to steer The placid ocean, softly heaving Decides that they must disappear. The boundless sky they love is hiding The stars in smoke that shrouds their sight While their beloved winds are sliding The clouds towards the gentle light.
Out of sight. Foully cursing, they stumble About the camp, knocking against the branches That have crept between them. Arms slack, they hurl themselves wildly Into the growth, which slightly shivers As though stirred by a light breeze from outside it. After hours of work gloomily they press their sweating Foreheads against the alien branches. 0 Slowly grew over them. Later, at evening Which was darker because of the foliage growing They sat silent with fear, like apes in Their cages, dead beat with hunger.
Seven coolies prop up his canvas ; fourteen coolies prop up Neher Cas, who has been drinking because the sky is beautiful. 1 2. 0 Neher Cas sleeps on the stones at night and curses because they are hard. But that too he finds beautiful (the cursing included) He would like to paint it. Neher Cas paints the violet sky above Peshawar white because he's got no blue left in the tube. Slowly the sun eats him up. His soul is transfigured. Neher Cas painteth for evermore. At sea between Ceylon and Port Said, on the inside of the old sailing ship's hull, he paints his best picture, using three colours and the light from two portholes.