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First Line: All day with anxious heart and wondering ear
Last Line: The speech and music of immortal things.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
Subject(s): Country Life


All day with anxious heart and wondering ear
I listened to the city; heard the ground
Echo with human thunder, and the sound
Go reeling down the streets and disappear.
The headlong hours, in their wild career,
Shouted and sang until the world was drowned
With babel-voices, each one more profound . . .
All day it surged -- but nothing could I hear.

That night the country never seemed so still;
The trees and grasses spoke without a word
To stars that brushed them with their silver wings.
Together with the moon I climbed the hill,
And, in the very heart of Silence, heard
The speech and music of immortal things.





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