Verse > Anthologies > Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. > A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895
Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Agnes Mary Frances Darmesteter (b. 1857)
ALL night I watched awake for morning,
  At last the East grew all aflame,
The birds for welcome sang, or warning,
  And with their singing morning came.
Along the gold-green heavens drifted        5
  Pale wandering souls that shun the light,
Whose cloudy pinions, torn and rifted,
  Had beat the bars of Heaven all night.
These clustered round the moon, but higher
  A troop of shining spirits went,        10
Who were not made of wind or fire,
  But some divine dream-element.
Some held the Light, while those remaining
  Shook out their harvest-colored wings,
A faint unusual music raining,        15
  (Whose sound was Light) on earthly things.
They sang, and as a mighty river
  Their voices washed the night away,
From East to West ran one white shiver,
  And waxen strong their song was Day.        20


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