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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Night
By John Henry Brown (1859–1946)
 
AN EARTH-THRONED queen, she leans with languid grace,
  And fills the round of vision radiantly.
Soft lights and shades the heaven of her face
  Endue with spell-framed hints of mystery.
Her breathing, like the flower-sweet breath of May,        5
  When summer’s light wind-heralds run before,
Gives fragrance unto gardens; while the day,
  Enamoured, through the cloud-hung Western door,
Peers backward. On her jewelled vest are seen,
  ’Mid broidered streams and trees, the homes of men;        10
Here jolts a rolling wain through meadows green,
  And kine belated wind through yonder glen.
From out her star-inwoven dusk of hair
A silver crescent gleams divinely fair.
 
 
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