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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
Two Phases
By Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
I SAW the immense moon rise beyond a sweep
  Of shadowy sea whose waves were softly curled;
  I watched the reddening splendor she unfurled
By dreamy and rich gradations landward creep.
Dark pines that fluttering breezes roused from sleep,        5
  Long meadows where the illumined dew lay pearled,
  The expectant air, the vast encircling world,
All thrilled with eagerness divinely deep!
Days afterward I roamed that same fair shore;
Bright surges broke on rocks with mellow roar;        10
  Both earth and ocean laughed with golden noon.
But faintly, in opal distances of sky,
Like a bowed shape that crawls away to die
  Where none shall heed, I saw the old withered moon!

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