Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
II. Light: Day: Night
“Day is Dying”
George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) (1819–1880)

DAY is dying! Float, O song,
  Down the westward river,
Requiem chanting to the Day,—
  Day, the mighty Giver.
Pierced by shafts of Time he bleeds,        5
  Melted rubies sending
Through the river and the sky,
  Earth and heaven bleeding;
All the long-drawn earthy banks
  Up to cloud-land lifting:        10
Slow between them drifts the swan,
  ’Twixt two heavens drifting.
Wings half open, like a flower
  Inly deeper flushing,
Neck and breast as virgin’s pure,—        15
  Virgin proudly blushing.
Day is dying! Float, O swan,
  Down the ruby river;
Follow, song, in requiem
  To the mighty Giver.        20

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