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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
32. Natural Magic
 
 
WE air tired who follow after
Phantasy and truth that flies:
You with only look and laughter
Stain our hearts with richest dyes.
 
When you break upon our study        5
Vanish all our frosty cares;
As the diamond deep grows ruddy,
Filled with morning unawares.
 
With the stuff that dreams are made of
But an empty house we build:        10
Glooms we are ourselves afraid of,
By the ancient starlight chilled.
 
All unwise in thought or duty—
Still our wisdom envies you:
We who lack the living beauty        15
Half our secret knowledge rue.
 
Thought nor fear in you nor dreaming
Veil the light with mist about;
Joy, as through a crystal gleaming,
Flashes from the gay heart out.        20
 
Pain and penitence forsaking,
Hearts like cloisters dim and grey,
By your laughter lured, awaking
Join with you the dance of day.
 

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