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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Francis Ledwidge. 1891–1917
 
161. An Evening in England
 
FROM its blue vase the rose of evening drops; 
Upon the streams its petals float away. 
The hills all blue with distance hide their tops 
In the dim silence falling on the grey. 
A little wind said "Hush!" and shook a spray         5
Heavy with May's white crop of opening bloom; 
A silent bat went dipping in the gloom. 
  
Night tells her rosary of stars full soon, 
They drop from out her dark hand to her knees. 
Upon a silhouette of woods, the moon  10
Leans on one horn as if beseeching ease 
From all her changes which have stirred the seas. 
Across the ears of Toil, Rest throws her veil. 
I and a marsh bird only make a wail. 
 
 
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