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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
98. The Seer
 
 
OH, if my spirit may foretell
  Or earlier impart,
It is because I always dwell
  With morning in my heart.
 
I feel the keen embrace of light        5
  Ere dawning on the view
It sprays the chilly fold of night
  With iridescent dew.
 
The robe of dust around it cast
  Hides not the earth below,        10
Its heart of ruby flame, the vast
  Mysterious gloom and glow.
 
Something beneath yon coward gaze
  Betrays the royal line;
Its lust and hate, but errant rays,        15
  Are at their root divine.
 
I hail the light of elder years
  Behind the niggard mould,
The fiery kings, the seraph seers,
  As in the age of gold.        20
 
And all about and through the gloom
  Breaths from the golden clime
Are wafted like a sweet perfume
  From some most ancient time.
 

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