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OF EARTH'S ANGELS Now art thou beautiful, thou child of light! Now
with thy hair tossed back and figure still; I drink thy beauty with
a raptured sight? I drink till soul and senses it doth fill; O do
not move, but sit forever so, And let me gaze, and never, never go!
So bright, bright as the morn, thou breathest there; Unconscious as
the rose, or golden-rod, How things so beautiful do upward bear The
soul into the very airs of God! O angel golden-haired, unknown to
thee, Thy presence to such heights hath lifted me! July, 1871. A
SKETCH IN COLORS I walked along the road as night came down, A
sunset dyed the sky upon my right, And on the left a round moon met
my sight, Rising from out the earthly shadows brown. A bright, fair
moon; a glittering, joyous moon: Which, as it lay upon the eastern
sky, Seemed almost like the sun unto the eye, Shining so golden,
Nature's greatest boon. The sunset on my right was beautiful! Well
up in the sky a wash of faintest green; Below, a pale soft yellow
could be seen, Which fed a band of orange deep and dull; And fields
of rich vermilion darkened still Into one strong red line which
rimmed the hill. Germantown, Monday Evening, December 25, 1871.
LATE AFTERNOON IN DECEMBER The temperate air is filled with a gray
mist, Which thickens to a dense cloud when the eye To make out
forms of distant things doth try, And whose close fold the sunbeams
doth resist. The ground is soaked and darkened with the rain, And
in the road slow carriage wheels have rolled Deep ruts, that little
pools of water hold, And in the path my steps leave footprints
plain. In the sleeping trees no life is visible; And, with this
ghostly mist wrapped all around Their branches, fancy makes them
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