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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
14. Winter
 
 
A DIAMOND glow of winter o’er the world:
Amid the chilly halo nigh the west
Flickers a phantom violet bloom unfurled
    Dim on the twilight’s breast.
 
Only phantasmal blooms but for an hour,        5
A transient beauty; then the white stars shine
Chilling the heart: I long for thee to flower,
    O bud of light divine.
 
But never visible to sense or thought
The flower of Beauty blooms afar withdrawn;        10
If in our being then we know it not,
    Or, knowing, it is gone.
 

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