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Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

The Evening Darkens over


              1The evening darkens over
              2After a day so bright
              3The windcapt waves discover
              4That wild will be the night.
              5There's sound of distant thunder.

              6The latest sea-birds hover
              7Along the cliff's sheer height;
              8As in the memory wander
              9Last flutterings of delight,
            10White wings lost on the white.

            11There's not a ship in sight;
            12And as the sun goes under
            13Thick clouds conspire to cover
            14The moon that should rise yonder.
            15Thou art alone, fond lover.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Poetical Works of Robert Bridges with The Testament of Beauty but excluding the eight drama, 2nd edn. (London: Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press, 1953): 279-80.
First publication date: 1890
Publication date note: Shorter Poems, Book III
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/11

Rhyme: ababc abcbb bcaca


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