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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
155. The Joy of Earth
OH, the sudden wings arising from the ploughed fields brown
  Showered aloft in spray of song the wild-bird twitter floats
O’er the unseen fount awhile, and then comes dropping down
  Nigh the cool brown earth to hush enraptured notes.
Far within a dome of trembling opal throbs the fire,        5
  Mistily its rain of diamond lances shed below
Touches eyes and brows and faces lit with wild desire
  For the burning silence whither we would go.
Heart, be young; once more it is the ancient joy of earth
  Breathes in thee and flings the wild wings sunward to the dome        10
To the light where all the children of the fire had birth
  Though our hearts and footsteps wander far from home.


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