An unfamiliar (at least to me) image of Taliesin. One of ‘Six Celtic Sonnets’ by Thomas Samuel Jones, first published in 1930. Taken from the ‘Isles of Dream’, an anthology of work from the ‘Celtic Renaissance ‘.
On lonely shores where dreams are drifted sand
He follows to the end a star’s bright course,
A ghostly hunter without hound or horse,
The warrior-bard, last of the Druid band;
But still his wizard harp rings in his hand
Beside the Stream of Sorrow’s hidden source,
Still from a breaking heart his wild songs force
Their way into the god’s mysterious land.
Dauntless he sings, and sees the drear woods turn
To golden orchards by the river bed
Where healing waters of the rainbow run;
And past the valley near great peaks that burn
With beaconing fire the hero-bard is led
Up toward the Dragon City of the Sun.
Taliesin is one of Six Celtic Sonnets written by Thomas Samuel Jones and included in From the Isles of Dream: Visionary Stories and Poems of the Celtic Renaissance, selected by John Matthews and with a foreword by Robin Williamson (Floris Books, 1993).
Thomas Samuel Jones (1882-1932) came from Welsh and Irish stock and was born in Oneida County, New York State, near the Adirondack Mountains. Each of the six sonnets reflects a facet of Celtic tradition. They were originally published in 1930 as part of the collection Aknahton and Other Sonnets. For those of us who resonate with Druid and Celtic spirituality, they are part of our modern cultural ancestry.