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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
The Awakening
By Christian Binkley
I SEE the mystery of life anew,
Bright angels have passed by me: I have heard
A whirr of wings, and voices in adieu.
Now all that seems is hushed, scarcely are stirred
The curtains of the soul, and all things seem        5
Brooding, and big with portents like the night.
But now I thought I saw the distant gleam
Of angel pinions in the western light,
And heard the fading music: then it rolled
In floods of living sound; and as they swept        10
Around, in whispered awe they spoke and told
The secrets of the universe. I kept
The fragments that I heard: now all things are
Lit with a glory not of sun or star.

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