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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
31. Alter Ego
 
 
ALL the morn a spirit gay
Breathes within my heart a rhyme,
’Tis but hide and seek we play
In and out the courts of time.
 
Fairy lover, when my feet        5
Through the tangled woodland go,
’Tis thy sunny fingers fleet
Fleck the fire dews to and fro.
 
In the moonlight grows a smile
Mid its rays of dusty pearl—        10
’Tis but hide and seek the while,
As some frolic boy and girl.
 
When I fade into the deep
Some mysterious radiance showers
From the jewel-heart of sleep        15
Through the veil of darkened hours.
 
Where the ring of twilight gleams
Round the sanctuary wrought,
Whispers haunt me—in my dreams
We are one yet know it not.        20
 
Some for beauty follow long
Flying traces; some there be
Seek thee only for a song:
I to lose myself in thee.
 

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