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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Dawning of the Day
By James Clarence Mangan (1803–1849)
 
    ’TWAS a balmy summer morning,
        Warm and early,
      Such as only June bestows;
    Everywhere the earth adorning,
        Dews lay pearly        5
      In the lily-bell and rose.
Up from each green-leafy bosk and hollow
    Rose the blackbird’s pleasant lay;
And the soft cuckoo was sure to follow:
    ’Twas the dawning of the day!        10
 
    Through the perfumed air the golden
        Bees flew round me;
      Bright fish dazzled from the sea,
    Till medreamt some fairy olden-
        World spell bound me        15
      In a trance of witcherie.
Steeds pranced round anon with stateliest housings,
  Bearing riders prankt in rich array,
Like flushed revelers after wine-carousings:
    ’Twas the dawning of the day!        20
 
    Then a strain of song was chanted,
        And the lightly
      Floating sea-nymphs drew anear.
    Then again the shore seemed haunted
        By hosts brightly        25
    Clad, and wielding shield and spear!
Then came battle shouts—an onward rushing—
  Swords, and chariots, and a phantom fray.
Then all vanished: the warm skies were blushing
    In the dawning of the day!        30
 
    Cities girt with glorious gardens,
        Whose immortal
      Habitants in robes of light
    Stood, methought, as angel-wardens
        Nigh each portal,        35
    Now arose to daze my sight.
Eden spread around, revived and blooming;
  When—lo! as I gazed, all passed away:
I saw but black rocks and billows looming
    In the dim chill dawn of day!        40
 
 
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