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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
53. Night
 
 
BURNING our hearts out with longing
  The daylight passed:
Millions and millions together,
  The stars at last!
 
Purple the woods where the dewdrops,        5
  Pearly and grey,
Wash in the cool from our faces
  The flame of day.
 
Glory and shadow grow one in
  The hazel wood:        10
Laughter and peace in the stillness
  Together brood.
 
Hopes all unearthly are thronging
  In hearts of earth:
Tongues of the starlight are calling        15
  Our souls to birth.
 
Down from the heaven its secrets
  Drop one by one;
Where time is for ever beginning
  And time is done.        20
 
There light eternal is over
  Chaos and night:
Singing with dawn lips for ever,
  “Let there be light!”
 
There too for ever in twilight        25
  Time slips away,
Closing in darkness and rapture
  Its awful day.
 

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