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Poem by Sidney Lanier


Night and Day


The innocent, sweet Day is dead.
Dark Night hath slain her in her bed.
O, Moors are as fierce to kill as to wed!
-- Put out the light, said he.

A sweeter light than ever rayed
From star of heaven or eye of maid
Has vanished in the unknown Shade.
-- Shes dead, shes dead, said he.

Now, in a wild, sad after-mood
The tawny Night sits still to brood
Upon the dawn-time when he wooed.
-- I would she lived, said he.

Star-memories of happier times,
Of loving deeds and lovers rhymes,
Throng forth in silvery pantomimes.
-- Come back, O Day! said he.



Sidney Lanier


Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. The Dove
  2. A Florida Ghost
  3. The Raven Days
  4. A Sunrise Song
  5. The Palm and the Pine


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