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First Line: This feast-day of the sun, his altar there
Last Line: And the last bird fly into the last light.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


THIS feast-day of the sun, his altar there
In the broad west has blazed for vesper-song;
And I have loitered in the vale too long
And gaze now a belated worshipper.
Yet may I not forget that I was 'ware,
So journeying, of his face at intervals
Transfigured where the fringed horizon falls,--
A fiery bush with coruscating hair.

And now that I have climbed and won this height,
I must tread downward through the sloping shade
And travel the bewildered tracks till night.
Yet for this hour I still may here be stayed
And see the gold air and the silver fade
And the last bird fly into the last light.





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