The Tempter

The Tempter

Something tapped me on the shoulder

Something whispered, "Come with me,

"Leave the world of men behind you,

"Come where care may never find you

"Come and follow, let me bind you

"Where, in that dark, silent sea,

"Tempest of the world n'er rages;

"There to dream away the ages,

"Heedless of Time's turning pages,

"Only, come with me."




I remember

The dark woods, masking slopes of sombre hills;

The grey clouds' leaden everlasting arch;

The dusky streams that flowed without a sound,

And the lone winds that whispered down the passes.

A Sonnet of Good Cheer

A Sonnet of Good Cheer


Fling wide the portals, rose-lipped dawn has come

To kill our drowsy visions into life;

Let me arise, a-lust for love and strife

To follow far some distant, pulsing drum.

Upon my vibrant soul-chords passions strum;

With hot, red, leaping blood my veins are rife.

Gods, let me take the universe to wife!

Ere Death, the cold accountant, close my sum.


Then as I spake, methought fierce laughter came

Across the dying hills where sunrise shot;

"Fool, fool, you come unbidden to this game,

"And Death that takes you hence shall ask you not.

"From life, this and only this, may you claim;

"Living, to die, and dying, be forgot."



Robert E. Howard

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