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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
October Morning
By William Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)
BRIGHT, pallid, changing, chill October morn:
Across your windy, keen exhilarant air,
You loom, a cameo dream, a vision fair;
Where through your purples and mauves of skeleton trees,
Friezes of lingering foliage, russet browns,        5
And wine-like crimsons, flaming torches, gold
Of maples, beeches, sumachs, poplars, shine
The horn-like, cloudy windows of the sky.
Nothing on earth more beautiful than this:
To feel your glow, austere, of wintry flame,        10
Your exquisite, Greek infinities of colour;
And know that inward thrill, that Titan vision,
Once more, Atlantean; the marbled bay,
Th’ Olympian mountain, Saturn’s mighty crown;
And hear once more the Tritons sing, and know        15
Once more, immortal, Earth’s old godlike dream.

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