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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
A Handful of Honeysuckle (1878)
II. Dawn-Angels
By A. Mary F. Robinson-Darmesteter (1857–1944)
ALL night I watched awake for morning,
  At last the East grew all aflame,
The birds for welcome sang, or warning,
  And with their singing morning came.
Along the gold-green heavens drifted        5
  Pale wandering souls that shun the light,
Whose cloudy pinions torn and rifted,
  Had beat the bars of Heaven all night.
These clustered round the moon, but higher
  A troop of shining spirits went,        10
Who were not made of wind or fire,
  But some divine dream-element.
Some held the Light, while those remaining
  Shook out their harvest-coloured wings,
A faint unusual music raining,        15
  (Whose sound was Light) on earthly things.
They sang, and as a mighty river
  Their voices washed the night away,
From East to West ran one white shiver,
  And waxen strong their song was Day.        20

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