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A New World

 I WHO had sought afar from earth
 The faery land to meet,
Now find content within its girth
 And wonder nigh my feet.
To-day a nearer love I choose And seek no distant sphere; For aureoled by faery dews The dear brown breasts appear.
With rainbow radiance come and go The airy breaths of day; And eve is all a pearly glow With moonlit winds a-play.
The lips of twilight burn my brow, The arms of night caress: Glimmer her white eyes drooping now With grave old tenderness.
I close mine eyes from dream to be The diamond-rayed again, As in the ancient hours ere we Forgot ourselves to men.
And all I thought of heaven before I find in earth below: A sunlight in the hidden core To dim the noonday glow.
And with the earth my heart is glad, I move as one of old; With mists of silver I am clad And bright with burning gold.

Poem by George William Russell
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