An Extract From Recompense: Robert E Howard
Posted 23 October 2006on:
I have not heard lutes beckon me, nor the brazen bugles call
But once in the din of a haunted lea I heard the silence fall.
I have not heard the regal drum, nor seen the flag unfurled,
But I have watched the dragons come, fire-eyed, across the world….
And I have felt the sudden blow of a nameless wind’s cold breath,
And watched the grisly pilgrims go that walk the roads of Death,
And I have seen black valleys gape, abysses in the gloom,
And I have fought the deathless Ape that guards the Doors of Doom.
I have not seen the face of Pan, nor mocked the dryad’s haste,
But I have trailed a dark-eyed Man across a windy waste.
I have not died as men may die, nor sin as men have sinned,
But I have reached a misty sky upon a granite wind.