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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The World’s Death-Night
James Chapman Woods
I THINK a stormless night-time shall ensue
Unto the world, yearning for hours of calm:
Not these the end,—nor sudden-closing palm
Of a God’s hand beneath the skies we knew,
Nor fall from a fierce heaven of fiery dew        5
In place of the sweet dewfall, the world’s balm,
Nor swell of elemental triumph-psalm
Round the long-buffeted bulk, rent through and through.
But in the even of its endless night,
With shoreless floods of moonlight on its breast,        10
And bath of healing mist about its scars,
An instant sums its circling years of flight,
And the tir’d earth hangs crystall’d into rest,
Girdled with gracious watchings of the stars.


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