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MIDNIGHT-BY THE OPEN WINDOW, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How rapt the sleeping stillness of the / night
Last Line: Roused from the sleepy comfort of his seat.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
Subject(s): Night; Silence; Sleep; Bedtime


HOW rapt the sleeping stillness of the night—
Incomparably close and vast...One might
Hear the tense silence in the little street
Reaching to heaven, where it swells and breaks
Into moon-music and star-song that makes
My senses bend and sway, as waving wheat
Trembles before the wind's majestic feet;
Trembles with happy fear and numb delight.
How sharp the silence...like a sword to smite
Brittle security and iron aches;
A soundless and imperative blast that wakes
Undreamed of powers, terrible and sweet...
While God comes down, roused to the jubilant fight;
Roused from the sleepy comfort of His seat.





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