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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
2. Awakening
 
 
THE LIGHTS shone down the street
In the long blue close of day:
A boy’s heart beat sweet, sweet,
As it flowered in its dreamy clay.
 
Beyond the dazzling throng        5
And above the towers of men
The stars made him long, long,
To return to their light again.
 
They lit the wondrous years
And his heart within was gay;        10
But a life of tears, tears,
He had won for himself that day.
 

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