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Poem by Sidney Lanier

Evening Song

LOOK off, dear Love, across the shallow sands,
  And mark yon meeting of the sun and the sea,
How long they kiss in sight of all the lands.
        Ah! longer, longer we.

Now in the sea's red vintage melts the sun,
  As Egypt's red pearl dissolved in rosy wine,
And Cleopatra night drinks all. 'Tis done,
        Love, lay thine hand in mine.

Come forth, sweet stars, and comfort heaven's heart;
  Glimmer, ye waves, round else unlighted sands.
O night! divorce our sun and sky apart
        Never our lips, our hands. 

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. Nilsson
  2. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L.
  3. A Song of the Future
  4. Strange Jokes
  5. The Dove

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edith Nesbit Evening Song ("WHEN all the weary flowers")
  • Willa Cather Evening Song ("Dear love, what thing of all things that be")

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