Austere and clad in sombre robes of grey,
With hands upfolded and with silent wings,
In unimpassioned mystery the day
Passes; a lonely thrush its requiem sings.
The dust of night is tangled in the boughs
Of leafless lime and lilac, and the pine
Grows blacker, and the star upon the brows
Of sleep is set in heaven for a sign.
Earth's little weary peoples fall on peace
And dream of breaking buds and blossoming,
Of primrose airs, of days of large increase.
And all the coloured retinue of spring.
John Drinkwater (1882-1937)
from Poems of Men and Hours, 1911
[Poem is in the public domain in Canada, the United States, and the European Union]
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