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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

67. Wind in the Beechwood


THE glorying forest shakes and swings with glancing 
Of boughs that dip and strain; young, slanting sprays 
Beckon and shift like lissom creatures dancing, 
While the blown beechwood streams with drifting rays. 
  Rooted in steadfast calm, grey stems are seen         5
  Like weather-beaten masts; the wood, unfurled, 
  Seems as a ship with crowding sails of green 
  That sweeps across the lonely billowing world. 
  
O luminous and lovely! Let your flowers, 
Your ageless-squadroned wings, your surge and gleam,  10
Drown me in quivering brightness: let me fade 
  In the warm, rustling music of the hours 
  That guard your ancient wisdom, till my dream 
  Moves with the chant and whisper of the glade. 


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