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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
The Spirit Wooed

Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
  ART 1 thou gone so far,
Beyond the poplar tops, beyond the sunset-bar,
Beyond the purple cloud that swells on high
In the tender fields of sky?…
  O come thou again!…        5
Be heard in the voice that across the river comes
From the distant wood, even when the stilly rain
Is made to cease by light winds: come again,
As out of yon grey glooms,
When the cloud grows luminous and shiftily riven,        10
Forth comes the moon, the sweet surprise of heaven,
And her footfall light
Drops on the multiplied wave: her face is seen
In evening’s pallor green:
And she waxes bright        15
With the death of the tinted air: yea, brighter grows
In sunset’s gradual close.
To earth from heaven comes she,
So come thou to me….
Note 1. Dixon. The Spirit wooed. ‘Lyrical Poems.’ Daniel. 1887. [back]

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