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AUGUST SUNSET OVER LAKE CHAMPLAIN, by            
First Line: A peaceful sun has set beyond north beach
Last Line: Nor will permit a screen before our eyes.
Subject(s): Evening; Lake Champlain; Sunset; Twilight


A peaceful sun has set beyond North Beach;
Cloudless the sky, the lake without a wave,
Its silvered waters calm and still, all save
Soft lapping on a wide-sloped sandy reach.
A single boat, a single gull seeks shore,
How brilliant clouds would aid and multiply
The charm of such far-stretched and open sky!
The reel is run and we shall see no more.

Yet wait! Above the mountains now appear
A slender moon, and near it Venus' light!
On crossing paths they grant this rarest sight.
The contoured pines and serrate peaks cut clear;
While star and crescent seem of extra size,
Nor will permit a screen before our eyes.





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