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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
38. A New World
I WHO had sought afar from earth
  The faery land to meet,
Now find content within its girth
  And wonder nigh my feet.
To-day a nearer love I choose        5
  And seek no distant sphere;
For aureoled by faery dews
  The dear brown breasts appear.
With rainbow radiance come and go
  The airy breaths of day;        10
And eve is all a pearly glow
  With moonlit winds a-play.
The lips of twilight burn my brow,
  The arms of night caress:
Glimmer her white eyes drooping now        15
  With grave old tenderness.
I close mine eyes from dream to be
  The diamond-rayed again,
As in the ancient hours ere we
  Forgot ourselves to men.        20
And all I thought of heaven before
  I find in earth below:
A sunlight in the hidden core
  To dim the noonday glow.
And with the earth my heart is glad,        25
  I move as one of old;
With mists of silver I am clad
  And bright with burning gold.


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