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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
16. The Gift
I THOUGHT, beloved, to have brought to you
A gift of quietness and ease and peace,
Cooling your brow as with the mystic dew
    Dropping from twilight trees.
Homeward I go not yet; the darkness grows;        5
Not mine the voice to still with peace divine:
From the first fount the stream of quiet flows
    Through other hearts than mine.
Yet of my night I give to you the stars,
And of my sorrow here the sweetest gains,        10
And out of hell, beyond its iron bars,
    My scorn of all its pains.


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