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William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Between the Dusk of a Summer Night


              1   Between the dusk of a summer night
              2    And the dawn of a summer day,
              3We caught at a mood as it passed in flight,
              4    And we bade it stoop and stay.
              5And what with the dawn of night began
              6    With the dusk of day was done;
              7For that is the way of woman and man,
              8    When a hazard has made them one.

              9Arc upon arc, from shade to shine,
            10    The World went thundering free;
            11And what was his errand but hers and mine --
            12    The lords of him, I and she?
            13O, it's die we must, but it's live we can,
            14    And the marvel of earth and sun
            15Is all for the joy of woman and man
            16    And the longing that makes them one.


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: William Ernest Henley, "Hawthorn and Lavender XXII," Poems (London: Macmillan and Co., 1920): 170. PR 4783 A36 1921 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 4:2002/4/24

Composition date: 1899 - 1901
Rhyme: ababcdcd


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