Verse > Rupert Brooke > Collected Poems > II. 1908–1911 > 30. Day and Night
Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
II. 1908–1911
30. Day and Night
THROUGH my heart’s palace Thoughts unnumbered throng;
  And there, most quiet and, as a child, most wise,
High-throned you sit, and gracious. All day long
  Great Hopes gold-armoured, jester Fantasies,
  And pilgrim Dreams, and little beggar Sighs,        5
Bow to your benediction, go their way.
  And the grave jewelled courtier Memories
Worship and love and tend you, all the day.
But when I sleep, and all my thoughts go straying,
  When the high session of the day is ended,       10
And darkness comes; then, with the waning light,
  By lilied maidens on your way attended,
Proud from the wonted throne, superbly swaying,
  You, like a queen, pass out into the night.



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