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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Harold Monro. 1879–
 
112. The Nightingale Near the House
 
HERE is the soundless cypress on the lawn: 
It listens, listens. Taller trees beyond 
Listen. The moon at the unruffled pond 
    Stares. And you sing, you sing. 
  
That star-enchanted song falls through the air         5
From lawn to lawn down terraces of sound, 
Darts in white arrows on the shadowed ground; 
    And all the night you sing. 
  
My dreams are flowers to which you are a bee 
As all night long I listen, and my brain  10
Receives your song; then loses it again 
    In moonlight on the lawn. 
  
Now is your voice a marble high and white, 
Then like a mist on fields of paradise, 
Now is a raging fire, then is like ice,  15
    Then breaks, and it is dawn. 
 
 
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