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First Line: I mind me how one day-break long ago
Last Line: And saw jehovah in the rising flame!
Subject(s): Dawn; Sierra Nevada Mountains; Sunrise


I mind me how one day-break long ago,
I heard the wild swan play his magic horn;
Heard the cold north wind blow his pipe forlorn;
Heard the sweet stream purl gently to and fro
In oaten meadows; while the lyric flow
Of field-lark hymn called to the coming morn
Until the sun, a light divine, new-born,
Lifted—a wild flash over the virgin snow.

Then stood I like the holy orient priest,
Who gave unto the fire a sacred name,
And ever burned his altar in the East;
Or, like the rapturous poet-king who came
At morn, as to a pentecostal feast,
And saw Jehovah in the Rising Flame!





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