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First Line: Sweet eve, of softest voice and gentle beam
Last Line: And leave soft, soothing images behind.
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight

SWEET Eve, of softest voice and gentlest beam,
Say, since the pensive strains thou once didst hear
Of him, the bard sublime of Arun's stream,
Will aught beside delight thy nicer ear?
Me wilt thou give to praise thy shadowy gleam,
Thy fragrant breath, and dying murmurs dear;
The mists, that o'er thee from thy valleys steam,
And elfin shapes that round thy car appear;
The music that attends thy state; the bell
Of distant fold; the gently warbling wind
And watch-dog's hollow voice from cottaged dell?
For these to purest pleasure wake the mind;
Lull each tumultuous passion to its cell;
And leave soft, soothing images behind.

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