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ON SEEING THE SUN SHINE ... MY WINDOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Calm the evening sun declines
Last Line: And smiling bid thee welcome still!
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Lucy
Subject(s): Sun


CALM the evening sun declines,
Bright his western glory shines;
Long by wintry clouds concealed,
Now he glows; he burns revealed;
Now he darts a stronger ray,
And smiles upon the lengthened day.
It comes, it comes, the welcome beam!
See the ruddy radiance stream;
See the long-lost splendour fall
Playful on the brightening wall!
Hail, stranger, to my lonely room;
Disperse the cold ungenial gloom!
Thy keen, thy quickening beams diffuse,
And wake to song my torpid Muse!
Carol all the feathered choir
Toucht by thy reviving fire;
By it the glittering insect throng
Fills the air with murmuring song.
From clime to clime, the birds of spring
Follow thee on gaudy wing;
The buds, the flowers, thy light obey,
All that gem the car of May:
Unblest by thee, with drooping head
They sink upon their earthy bed.
Let others fly the golden noon
To stray beneath the pallid moon,
And in languid strains relate
Hapless loves, and hostile fate;
While the cold and glimmering ray
Sadly glides, the ghost of day,
And the boding owlet screams,
Flitting thro' the doubtful gleams:
Be mine to hail thee, source of light!
Gorgeous in thy western plight,
Now my cheerful song employ,
Source of music, life, and joy!
And when sportive youth expires,
Feeling cools, and Fancy tires,
Often may thy evening glow
Gild again my locks of snow;
Oft at noon, with tottering feet,
May I woo thy vital heat;
Amid thy radiance bask at will,
And smiling bid thee welcome still!






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