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First Line: When the low west falls suddenly shining
Last Line: Is contented in faery land.
Subject(s): Discontent; News; Rain; Storms; Wind; Dissatisfaction


WHEN the low west falls suddenly shining
At the end of a sunsetting shower,
All its beams long and amber untwining,
Furled close under cloud for an hour,
O'er wet woods, o'er green meadows rain-scented,
The waft of a wind goes by,
To the patient, poor souls, and contented,
With a word, with a call, a cry.

For it says, in the Land of the Fairies
Every day, every hour, every minute,
A new pleasure that freshens and varies
Is waiting for us to begin it;
And before we could run where it beckoned,
Lo, more thronging bright in a band,
So that no one has time–not a second—
To be patient in Faery Land.

And it tells how this blithe Land of Faery
Groweth wilder and stranger and sweeter,
Because dewed are its ways sheen and airy
With promise of bliss still completer:
Star by star as it sets and it rises
Sees marvels just breaking at hand,
So that no one, for joys and surprises,
Is contented in Faery Land.





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