Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MOONLIGHT, by JEREMIAH JOSEPH CALLANAN



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MOONLIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis sweet at hush of night
Last Line: Her resting-place for ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Callanan, James Joseph
Subject(s): Heaven


'Tis sweet at hush of night
By the calm moon to wander,
And view those isles of light
That float so far beyond her,
In that wide sea
Whose waters free
Can find no shore to bound them,
On whose calm breast
Pure spirits rest
With all their glory round them;
Oh! that my soul, all free,
From bonds of earth might sever;
Oh! that those isles might be
Her resting place for ever.

When all those glorious spheres
The watch of Heaven are keeping,
And dews, like angels' tears,
Around are gently weeping;
Oh, who is he
That carelessly
On virtue's bounds encroaches,
But then will feel
Upon him steal
Their silent, sweet reproaches?
Oh! that my soul, all free,
From bonds of earth might sever;
Oh! that those isles might be
Her resting-place for ever.





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