Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Night / Laurence Binyon


Summer Night

Come let us forth, and wander the rich, the murmuring night!
The shy, blue dusk of summer trembles above the street;
On either side uprising glimmer houses pale:
But me the turbulent babble and voice of crowds delight;
For me the wheels make music, the mingled cries are sweet;
Motion and laughter call: we hear, we will not fail.

For see, in secret vista, with soft, retiring stars,
With clustered suns, that stare upon the throngs below,
With pendent dazzling moons, that cast a noon-day white.
The full streets beckon : Come, for toil has burst his bars,
And idle eyes rejoice, and feet unhasting go.
O let us out and wander the gay and golden night.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
from First Book of London Visions, 1896

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada, the United States, and the European Union]

Laurence Binyon biography

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