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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Eventide
By Dora Read Goodale (1866–1953)
 
LOWER and lower the light is failing,—
  Waves of color that come and go;
Yellow and purple slowly paling,—
  Flush of pink in the after-glow;
Booming bees forsake the clover.        5
  Day is over!
 
Faster and faster from hazy hollow
  Night is closing on field and wood;
Out of the west the late-bound swallow
  Hastens back to the crumpled brood;        10
Stately-winged, the night-hawks hover.
  Day is over!
 
Forest and fallow grow dark together,
  A bell in the distance sounding slow;
Still the light of the rosy weather        15
  Welling up in the after-glow;
Now the starry skies discover
  Day is over!

  From “A June Day.”
 
 
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