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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
VII. Evening Picture
By James Drummond Burns (1823–1864)
OVER the hill-edge ripples the warm light,—
  One level ray along the sprouting vines
Gleams like a seraph’s spear. The dusky lines
Of the far woods grow shapeless on the height,
Where the slow mists fold up their fleeces white,        5
  Now flecked with purple. O’er that cloud of pines
  The sky to clearest spirit of air refines,
And a star settles trembling on the sight.
Cool winds are rustling downwards to the seas,
  To worn, homefaring men benignly given.        10
From the soft glooms of church-encircling trees,
  Fast darkening in the shadows of the even,
The small bells sprinkle pensive cadences,
  And Earth is peacefully atoned with Heaven!

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