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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Birds of Passage
Flight the First.
Daylight and Moonlight
 
IN broad daylight, and at noon,
Yesterday I saw the moon
Sailing high, but faint and white,
As a school-boy’s paper kite.
 
In broad daylight, yesterday,        5
I read a Poet’s mystic lay;
And it seemed to me at most
As a phantom, or a ghost.
 
But at length the feverish day
Like a passion died away,        10
And the night, serene and still,
Fell on village, vale, and hill.
 
Then the moon, in all her pride,
Like a spirit glorified,
Filled and overflowed the night        15
With revelations of her light.
 
And the Poet’s song again
Passed like music through my brain;
Night interpreted to me
All its grace and mystery.        20
 
 
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