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A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, Gloucestershire - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

THE wind has swept from the wide atmosphere
Each vapour that obscured the sunset's ray,
And pallid Evening twines its beaming hair
In duskier braids around the languid eyes of Day:
Silence and Twilight, unbeloved of men,
Creep hand in hand from yon obscurest glen.

They breathe their spells towards the departing day,
Encompassing the earth, air, stars, and sea;
Light, sound, and motion, own the potent sway,
Responding to the charm with its own mystery.
The winds are still, or the dry church-tower grass
Knows not their gentle motions as they pass.

Thou too, aerial pile, whose pinnacles
Point from one shrine like pyramids of fire,
Obey'st I in silence their sweet solemn spells,
Clothing in hues of heaven thy dim and distant spire,
Around whose lessening and invisible height
Gather among the stars the clouds of night.

The dead are sleeping in their sepulchres:
And, mouldering as they sleep, a thrilling sound,
Half sense half thought, among the darkness stirs,
Breathed from their wormy beds all living things around,
And, mingling with the still night and mute sky,
Its awful hush is felt inaudibly.

Thus solemnized and softened, death is mild
And terrorless as this serenest night.
Here could I hope, like some enquiring child
Sporting on graves, that death did hide from human sight
Sweet secrets, or beside its breathless sleep
That loveliest dreams perpetual watch did keep.


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  • Gold Star - 65,910 Points * Sunprincess * (3/14/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    Sweet secrets, or beside its breathless sleep
    That loveliest dreams perpetual watch did keep. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

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  2. 2. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. 3. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  4. 4. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  5. 5. Summer , Alexander Pope
  6. 6. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. 12. To Summer , William Blake
  13. 13. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
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  15. 15. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
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  17. 17. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  18. 18. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. 19. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  20. 20. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  21. 21. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  22. 22. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  23. 23. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
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  28. 28. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
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  30. 30. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
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  32. 32. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  33. 33. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  34. 34. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  35. 35. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  37. 37. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  38. 38. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  40. 40. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
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  42. 42. Summer Evening , John Clare
  43. 43. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
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