"As When, to One Who Long Hath Watched, the Morn"
Random Poetry List XXXVII
As when, to one who long hath watched, the morn
Advancing, slow forewarns the approach of day,
(What time the young and flowery-kirtled May
Decks the green hedge and dewy grass unshorn
With cowslips pale, and many a whitening thorn;
And now the sun comes forth with level ray,)
Gilding the high-wood top and mountain gray;
And as he climbs, the meadows' gins adorn:
The rivers glisten to the dancing beam,
The awakened birds begin their amorous strain,
And hill and vale with joy and fragrance teem;
Such is the sight of thee; thy wished return
To eyes, like mine, that long have waked to mourn,
That long have watched for light, and wept in vain.
John Codrington Bampfylde (English, 1754-1796)
Originally e-mailed on Monday, May 15, 2000 @ 10:06 PM.
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Sun. 05/15/05 08:36:39 AM
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