Crosse, Andrew – Poems – The Chamber Clock
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
THE CHAMBER CLOCK.
"LIST to the chamber clock,
As it measures the time with regular knock!
As the pendulum sways from side to side,
It beats to the fall of mortal pride.
"Beat! beat! the Spring draws near,
And promises fair for a future year;
The Summer awakes-it glows-it flies,
Then quick gives place to autumnal dyes.
“But withering Winter triumphs in turn,
And scowls o'er Nature's funeral urn.
Beat! beat! in the glare of day,
When the dream of life is bright and gay.
“Beat! beat! in the calm of night,
When darkness shrouds the waker's sight;
When memory views with unclouded eye
The faces of friends that are long gone by.
“Beat! beat! in love or strife-
Every-beat is a slice of life,
And when the listener’s dead and gone,
Another shall hear the clock beat on!'