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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
96. Sunrise on Rydal Water
 
By John Drinkwater
 
 
To E. de S.
 
 
COME down at dawn from windless hills
  Into the valley of the lake,
Where yet a larger quiet fills
  The hour, and mist and water make
With rocks and reeds and island boughs        5
  One silence and one element,
Where wonder goes surely as once
  It went
    By Galilean prows.
 
Moveless the water and the mist,        10
  Moveless the secret air above,
Hushed, as upon some happy tryst
  The poised expectancy of love;
What spirit is it that adores
  What mighty presence yet unseen?        15
What consummation works apace
  Between
    These rapt enchanted shores?
 
Never did virgin beauty wake
  Devouter to the bridal feast        20
Than moves this hour upon the lake
  In adoration to the east.
Here is the bride a god may know,
  The primal will, the young consent,
Till surely upon the appointed mood        25
  Intent
    The god shall leap—and, lo,
 
Over the lake’s end strikes the sun—
  White, flameless fire; some purity
Thrilling the mist, a splendor won        30
  Out of the world’s heart. Let there be
Thoughts, and atonements, and desires;
  Proud limbs, and undeliberate tongue;
Where now we move with mortal care
  Among        35
    Immortal dews and fires.
 
So the old mating goes apace,
  Wind with the sea, and blood with thought
Lover with lover; and the grace
  Of understanding comes unsought        40
When stars into the twilight steer,
  Or thrushes build among the may,
Or wonder moves between the hills,
  And day
    Comes up on Rydal mere.        45
 

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