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Poem by Paul Hamilton Hayne


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BETWEEN the sunken sun and the new moon,
I stood in fields through which a rivulet ran
With scarce perceptible motion, not a span
Of its smooth surface trembling to the tune
Of sunset breezes: "O delicious boon,"
I cried, "of quiet! wise is Nature's plan,
Who, in her realm, as in the soul of man,
Alternates storm with calm, and the loud noon
With dewy evening's soft and sacred lull:
Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,
And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power;
Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful,
A shining Jacob's ladder of the mind."



Paul Hamilton Hayne


Paul Hamilton Hayne's other poems:
  1. An Idle Poet, Dreaming in the Sun
  2. Too Oft the Poet in Elaborate Verse
  3. BabyТs First Word
  4. The Laughing Hours before Her Feet
  5. A Phantom in the Clouds


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