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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Night-Blowing Flowers
By Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
 
CHILDREN of night! unfolding meekly, slowly,
To the sweet breathings of the shadowy hours,
When dark-blue heavens look softest and most holy,
And glow-worm light is in the forest bowers;
    To solemn things and deep,        5
    To spirit-haunted sleep,
    To thoughts, all purified
    From earth, ye seem allied,
      O dedicated flowers!
 
Ye, from the gaze of crowds your beauty veiling,        10
Keep in dim vestal urns the sweetness shrined;
Till the mild moon, on high serenely sailing,
Looks on you tenderly and sadly kind.
    So doth love’s dreaming heart
    Dwell from the throng apart,        15
    And but to shades disclose
    The inmost thought, which glows
      With its pure life entwined.
 
Shut from the sounds wherein the day rejoices,
To no triumphant song your petals thrill,        20
But send forth odours with the faint, soft voices
Rising from hidden streams, when all is still.
    So doth lone prayer arise
    Mingling with secret sighs,
    When grief unfolds, like you,        25
    Her breast, for heavenly dew
      In silent hours to fill.
 
 
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