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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp). 1855–1905
17. The Valley of Silence
IN the secret Valley of Silence 
      No breath doth fall; 
No wind stirs in the branches; 
      No bird doth call: 
      As on a white wall         5
        A breathless lizard is still, 
      So silence lies on the valley 
        Breathlessly still. 
In the dusk-grown heart of the valley 
      An altar rises white:  10
No rapt priest bends in awe 
      Before its silent light: 
      But sometimes a flight 
        Of breathless words of prayer 
      White-wing'd enclose the altar,  15
        Eddies of prayer. 

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