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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
46. On Waking
By Joseph Campbell
SLEEP, gray brother of death,
Has touched me,
And passed on.
I arise, facing the east—
Pearl-doored sanctuary        5
From which light,
Hand-linked with dew and fire,
Hail, essence, hail!
Fill the windows of my soul        10
With beauty:
Pierce and renew my bones:
Pour knowledge into my heart
As wine.
Cualann is bright before thee.        15
Its rocks melt and swim:
The secret they have kept
From the ancient nights of darkness
Flies like a bird.
What mourns?        20
Cualann’s secret, flying,
A lost voice
In endless fields.
What rejoices?
My voice lifted praising thee.        25
Praise! Praise! Praise!
Praise out of trumpets, whose brass
Is the unyoked strength of bulls;
Praise upon harps, whose strings
Are the light movements of birds;        30
Praise of leaf, praise of blossom,
Praise of the red-fibred clay;
Praise of grass,
Fire-woven veil of the temple;
Praise of the shapes of clouds;        35
Praise of the shadows of wells;
Praise of worms, of fetal things,
And of the things in time’s thought
Not yet begotten.
To thee, queller of sleep,        40
Looser of the snare of death.


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