Emma Lazarus

(22 July 1849 – 19 November 1887 / New York City / United States)

A June Night - Poem by Emma Lazarus

Ten o'clock: the broken moon
Hangs not yet a half hour high,
Yellow as a shield of brass,
In the dewy air of June,
Poised between the vaulted sky
And the ocean's liquid glass.

Earth lies in the shadow still;
Low black bushes, trees, and lawn
Night's ambrosial dews absorb;
Through the foliage creeps a thrill,
Whispering of yon spectral dawn
And the hidden climbing orb.

Higher, higher, gathering light,
Veiling with a golden gauze
All the trembling atmosphere,
See, the rayless disk grows white!
Hark, the glittering billows pause!

Faint, far sounds possess the ear.
Elves on such a night as this
Spin their rings upon the grass;
On the beach the water-fay
Greets her lover with a kiss;
Through the air swift spirits pass,
Laugh, caress, and float away.

Shut thy lids and thou shalt see
Angel faces wreathed with light,
Mystic forms long vanished hence.
Ah, too fine, too rare, they be
For the grosser mortal sight,
And they foil our waking sense.

Yet we feel them floating near,
Know that we are not alone,
Though our open eyes behold
Nothing save the moon's bright sphere,
In the vacant heavens shown,
And the ocean's path of gold.


Comments about A June Night by Emma Lazarus

  • Francis Lynch (6/24/2017 7:05:00 PM)


    Good poem, but I think Wordsworth's The World Is Too Much With Us is a superior poem on a similar theme.
    Cheers.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/24/2017 4:40:00 PM)


    A lovely night poem.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • John Richard Anderson (6/24/2017 2:39:00 PM)


    Very nice imagery and expression. I enjoyed this poem. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Nathan Coppedge (6/24/2017 12:31:00 PM)


    I would at this to a list of intuitive poems if I could. (Report) Reply

  • Mario Vitale (6/24/2017 12:19:00 PM)


    great writing with exquisite taste (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/24/2017 10:54:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem on summer night. Thrilling expression like... Earth lies in the shadow still;
    Low black bushes, trees, and lawn
    Night's ambrosial dews absorb;
    Through the foliage creeps a thrill,
    Whispering of yon spectral dawn
    And the hidden climbing orb.

    Higher, higher, gathering light,
    Veiling with a golden gauze
    All the trembling atmosphere,
    See, the rayless disk grows white!
    Hark, the glittering billows pause! Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/24/2017 7:58:00 AM)


    Beautiful poetry. Each stanza is a gem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/24/2017 4:19:00 AM)


    A first class write of the night. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/24/2017 2:29:00 AM)


    Spectral dawn! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (6/24/2017 2:04:00 AM)


    Know that we are not alone,
    Though our open eyes behold
    Nothing save the moon's bright sphere, ............................................ absolutely except the trance of getting again!
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/24/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    Ocean's path of gold..... Thanks for posting🤓 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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