Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHILE LOVELINESS GOES BY, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH



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First Line: Sometimes when all the world seems gray and dun
Last Line: Slow settling from that radiant cavalcade.


SOMETIMES when all the world seems gray and dun
And nothing beautiful, a voice will cry,
" Look out, look out! Angels are drawing nigh!"
Then my slow burdens leave me, one by one,
And swiftly does my heart arise and run
Even like a child, while loveliness goes by --
And common folk seem children of the sky,
And common things seem shaped of the sun.
Oh, pitiful! that I who love them, must
So soon perceive their shining garments fade!
And slowly, slowly, from my eyes of trust
Their flaming banners sink into a shade!
While this earth's sunshine seems the golden dust
Slow settling from that radiant cavalcade.






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