Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A SUNRISE SONG, by SIDNEY LANIER

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First Line: Young palmer sun, that to these shining sands
Last Line: Blaze saladin still, with unforgiving fire?
Subject(s): Dawn; Life; Sunrise

Young palmer sun, that to the shining sands
Pourest thy pilgrim's tale, discoursing still
Thy silver passages of sacred lands,
With news of Sepulchre and Dolorous Hill,
Canst thou be he that, Yester-Sunset warm,
Purple with Paynim rage and wrack-desire,
Dashed ravening out of a dusty lair of storm,
Harried the west, and set the world on fire?
Hast thou perchance repented, Saracen Sun?
Wilt warm the world with peace and dove-desire?
Or wilt thou, ere this very day be done,
Blaze Saladin still, with unforgiving fire?

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