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WHEN I HEARD AT THE CLOSE OF THE DAY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv'd
Last Line: And his arm lay lightly around my breast--and that night I was happy.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been
receiv'd with plaudits in the capitol, still it was
not a happy night for me that follow'd,
And else when I carous'd, or when my plans were
accomplish'd, still I was not happy,
But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect
health, refresh'd, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,
When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and
disappear in the morning light,
When I wander'd alone over the beach, and undressing
bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise,
And when I thought how my dear friend my lover was on his
way coming, O then I was happy,
O then each breath tasted sweeter, and all that day my food
nourish'd me more, and the beautiful day pass'd well,
And the next came with equal joy, and with the next at
evening came my friend,
And that night while all was still I heard the waters roll
slowly continually up the shores,
I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands as
directed to me whispering to congratulate me,
For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same
cover in the cool night,
In the stillness in the autumn moonbeams his face was
inclined toward me,
And his arm lay lightly around my breast--and that night I was happy.





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