Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AUGUST NIGHT, by SARA TEASDALE

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AUGUST NIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: On a midsummer night, on a night that was eerie with stars
Last Line: You said, and no more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): August; Night; Bedtime

On a midsummer night, on a night that was eerie with stars,
In a wood too deep for a single star to look through,
You led down a path whose turnings you knew in the darkness,
But the scent of the dew-dripping cedars was all that I knew.

I drank of the darkness, I was fed with the honey of fragrance,
I was glad of my life, the drawing of breath was sweet;
I heard your voice, you said, "Look down, see the glowworm!"
It was there before me, a small star, white at my feet.

We watched while it brightened as though it were breathed on and burning,
This tiny creature moving over earth's floor --
"'L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle,'"
You said, and no more.

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