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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The End of the Day
 
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)
 
 
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;        5
  The day is done, done, done,
      The day is done.
 
The dew has gathered in the flowers
  Like tears from some unconscious deep,
The swallows whirl around the towers,        10
    The light runs out beyond the long cloud bars,
    And leaves the single stars;
  ’T is time for sleep, sleep, sleep,
      ’T is time for sleep.
 
The hermit thrush begins again,        15
  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,”        20
      “Good-Night.”
 

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