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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
528. Aspects of the Pines
 
By Paul Hamilton Hayne
 
 
TALL, sombre, grim, against the morning sky
  They rise, scarce touched by melancholy airs,
Which stir the fadeless foliage dreamfully,
  As if from realms of mystical despairs.
 
Tall, sombre, grim, they stand with dusky gleams        5
  Brightening to gold within the woodland’s core,
Beneath the gracious noontide’s tranquil beams,—
  But the weird winds of morning sigh no more.
 
A stillness, strange, divine, ineffable,
  Broods round and o’er them in the wind’s surcease,        10
And on each tinted copse and shimmering dell
  Rests the mute rapture of deep hearted peace.
 
Last, sunset comes—the solemn joy and might
  Borne from the west when cloudless day declines—
Low, flute-like breezes sweep the waves of light,        15
  And, lifting dark green tresses of the pines,
 
Till every lock is luminous, gently float,
  Fraught with hale odors up the heavens afar,
To faint when twilight on her virginal throat
  Wears for a gem the tremulous vesper star.        20
 

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