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Night

Written by: Sidney Lanier | Biography
 | Quotes (2) |
 BURNING our hearts out with longing
 The daylight passed:
Millions and millions together,
 The stars at last!


Purple the woods where the dewdrops,
 Pearly and grey,
Wash in the cool from our faces
 The flame of day.


Glory and shadow grow one in
 The hazel wood:
Laughter and peace in the stillness
 Together brood.


Hopes all unearthly are thronging
 In hearts of earth:
Tongues of the starlight are calling
 Our souls to birth.


Down from the heaven its secrets
 Drop one by one;
Where time is for ever beginning
 And time is done.


There light eternal is over
 Chaos and night:
Singing with dawn lips for ever,
 “Let there be light!”


There too for ever in twilight
 Time slips away,
Closing in darkness and rapture
 Its awful day.



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