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Poem by Francis Turner Palgrave


Midnight at Geneva


THE azure lake is argent now
Beneath the pale moonshine:
I seek a sign of hope in heaven:
Fair Polestar! thou are mine.

A thousand other beacons blaze;
I follow thee alone
Beyond the shadowy Jura range,
The Jura, and the Rhone;

Beyond the purpling vineyards trim
Of sunny Clos Vougeot;
Beyond where Seine's brown waves beneath
The Norman orchards go;

Till, where the silver waters wash
The white-walled northern isle,
My heart outruns these laggart limbs
To the long-sighed-for smile.



                      Francis Turner Palgrave


Francis Turner Palgrave's other poems:
  1. Past and Present
  2. A Song of Spring and Autumn
  3. Eutopia
  4. The Ancient and Modern Muses
  5. The Golden Land


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