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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
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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