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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott

The End of the Day

    I hear the bells at eventide
      Peal slowly one by one,
    Near and far off they break and glide,
        Across the stream float faintly beautiful
        The antiphonal bells of Hull;
    The day is done, done, done,
        The day is done.

    The dew has gathered in the flowers,
      Lake tears from some unconscious deep:
    The swallows whirl around the towers,
        The light runs out beyond the long cloud bars,
        And leaves the single stars;
    Tis time for sleep, sleep, sleep,
        Tis time for sleep.

    The hermit thrush begins again,--
      Timorous eremite--
    That song of risen tears and pain,
        As if the one he loved was far away:
        Alas! another day--
    And now Good Night, Good Night,
        Good Night.

Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. At Scarboro Beach
  2. The Fifteenth of April
  3. Off the Isle Aux Coudres
  4. Stone Breaking
  5. The Height of Land

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Amy Levy The End of the Day ("To B. T")
  • Katharine Tynan The End of the Day ("The night darkens fast & the shadows darken")

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