'The Singer Saith of His Song' by Francis Thompson
The touches of man's modern speech
Perplex her unacquainted tongue;
There seems through all her songs a sound
Of falling tears. She is not young.
Within her eyes' profound arcane
Resides the glory of her dreams;
Behind her secret cloud of hair,
She sees the Is beyond the Seems.
Her heart sole-towered in her steep spirit,
Somewhat sweet is she, somewhat wan;
And she sings the songs of Sion
By the streams of Babylon.
William Keith (1838–1911) was a Scottish-American painter.
Francis Thompson (1859–1907) was an English and Catholic poet.