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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
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II. Twilight
By A. Mary F. Robinson-Darmesteter (1857–1944)
WHEN I was young the twilight seemed too long,
  How often on the western window seat
  I leaned my book against the misty pane
  And spelled the last enchanting lines again,
The while my mother hummed an ancient song,        5
Or sighed a little and said: “The hour is sweet!”
When I, rebellious, clamoured for the light.
But now I love the soft approach of night,
  And now with folded hands I sit and dream
  While all too fleet the hours of twilight seem;        10
And thus I know that I am growing old.
O granaries of Age! O manifold
And royal harvest of the common years!
There are in all thy treasure-house no ways
But lead by soft descent and gradual slope        15
To memories more exquisite than Hope.
Thine is the Iris born of olden tears,
And thrice more happy are the happy days
That live divinely in thy lingering rays.
So autumn roses bear a lovelier flower;        20
So in the emerald after-sunset hour
The orchard wall and trembling aspen trees
Appear an infinite Hesperides.
Ay, as at dusk we sit with folded hands,
Who knows, who cares in what enchanted lands        25
We wander while the undying memories throng?
When I was young the twilight seemed too long.

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