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William Alexander Percy, born May 14, 1885, was a writer from Greenville, Mississippi. He is most popularly known for his autobiography Lanterns on the Levee (Knopf, 1941). His poetry was also published posthumously in Collected Poems (Knopf, 1943). He died on January 21, 1942.

The Unloved to His Beloved

William Alexander Percy, 1885 - 1942

Could I pluck down Aldebaran
And haze the Pleiads in your hair
I could not add more burning to your beauty
Or lend a starrier coldness to your air.

If I were cleaving terrible waters
With death ahead on the visible sands
I could not turn and stretch my hands more wildly,
More vainly turn and stretch to you my hands.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

William Alexander Percy

William Alexander Percy, born May 14, 1885, was a writer from Greenville, Mississippi. He is most popularly known for his autobiography Lanterns on the Levee (Knopf, 1941). His poetry was also published posthumously in Collected Poems (Knopf, 1943). He died on January 21, 1942.