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 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.

by Sidney Lanier
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