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First Line: Along the lifted line of sombre green
Last Line: The carven botch of an idolater.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Wind


ALONG the lifted line of sombre green
The sunset bonfire calms in golden space,
The one hedge oak against the splendour seen
Like a squat idol grossly stares at grace.
The white star's come, no witness saw it come,
The music is the night in reed and thorn;
The young bird doubts and stirs, then nestles home,
That winged dew rustles on.
O Vesper-born,
Stiff-necked I stand like that hewn knotty tree,
As if heaven were my halo! Your dim span
Seemed scarce from fern to wildbriar; but began
And died? Your moment was infinity.
I bowed not, trembled not; as though I were
The carven botch of an idolater.





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