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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
77. A Memory
 
 
YOU remember, dear, together
  Two children, you and I,
Sat once in the autumn weather,
  Watching the autumn sky.
 
There was some one round us straying        5
  The whole of the long day through,
Who seemed to say, “I am playing
  At hide and seek with you.”
 
And one thing after another
  Was whispered out of the air,        10
How God was a big, kind brother
  Whose home is in everywhere.
 
His light like a smile comes glancing
  Through the cool, cool winds as they pass,
From the flowers in heaven dancing        15
  To the stars that shine in the grass.
 
From the clouds in deep blue wreathing
  And most from the mountains tall,
But God like a wind goes breathing
  A dream of Himself in all.        20
 
The heart of the Wise was beating
  Sweet, sweet, in our hearts that day:
And many a thought came fleeting
  And fancies solemn and gay.
 
We were grave in our way divining        25
  How childhood was taking wings,
And the wonder world was shining
  With vast eternal things.
 
The solemn twilight fluttered
  Like the plumes of seraphim,        30
And we felt what things were uttered
  In the sunset voice of Him.
 
We lingered long, for dearer
  Than home were the mountain places
Where God from the stars dropt nearer        35
  Our pale, dreamy faces.
 
Our very hearts from beating
  We stilled in awed delight,
For spirit and children were meeting
  In the purple, ample night.        40
 

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