Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
At Midsummer
Louise Chandler Moulton (1835–1908)
THE SPACIOUS Noon enfolds me with its peace—
  The affluent Midsummer wraps me round—
  So still the earth and air, that scarce a sound
Affronts the silence, and the swift caprice
Of one stray bird’s lone call does but increase        5
  The sense of some compelling hush profound,
  Some spell by which the whole vast world is bound,
Till star-crowned Night smile downward its release.
I sit and dream—midway of the long day—
  Midway of the glad year—midway of life—        10
    My whole world seems, indeed, to hold its breath:—
For me the sun stands still upon his way—
  The winds for one short hour remit their strife—
    Then Day, and Year, and Life whirl on toward Death.

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