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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
909. Evening in Tyringham Valley
 
By Richard Watson Gilder
 
 
WHAT domes and pinnacles of mist and fire
  Are builded in yon spacious realms of light
All silently, as did the walls aspire
  Templing the ark of God by day and night!
Noiseless and swift, from darkening ridge to ridge,        5
Through purple air that deepens down the day,
Over the valley springs a shadowy bridge.
  The evening star’s keen, solitary ray
Makes more intense the silence, and the glad,
  Unmelancholy, restful, twilight gloom—        10
So full of tenderness, that even the sad
  Remembrances that haunt the soul take bloom
Like that on yonder mountain.
 
            Now the bars
  Of sunset all burn black; the day doth fail,        15
And the skies whiten with the eternal stars.
  Oh, let thy spirit stay with me, sweet vale!
 

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