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Poem by Lionel Johnson


   To More Adey

SUMMER lightning, and rich rain:
Roses perfume the hot air.
All the breathless night is faint,
All the flowery night is fair.
Philomel her joy or plaint
Sings, and sings, and sings again.

What comes now? The earth awaits
What fierce wonder from the skies?
Thunder, trampling through the night?
Morning, with illustrious eyes?
Morning, from the springs of light:
Thunder, round Heaven's opening gates.

Lionel Johnson

Poem Theme: Summer

Lionel Johnson's other poems:
  1. The Destroyer of a Soul
  2. Ways of War
  3. The Precept of Silence
  4. Bagley Wood
  5. Dead

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Payne July ("THE meadows slumber in the golden shine")
  • Alexander Posey July ("THE air without has taken fever")

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