“The Pilgrim’s Progress” by Alexander Robertson

by theliterarymaiden

The Pilgrim’s Progress
Alexander Robertson
From Last Poems of Alexander Robertson, 1918

The sweet Land of Delight
Lay beside the river
With vales and meadows bright
And warm air a-quiver;
Where pilgrims did repose
Before they set their feet,
Now at their journey’s close,
In waters dark and fleet.

Oh, fair land of Provence,
For weariness relief!
Country of our pleasaunce
And quiet lodgment brief!
Land of Delight art thou
For us? And are they near
The black swift waters now
Where all must disappear?

Written while in hospital in Provence before going to the Front line at the Battle of the Somme.