Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EVENING, by CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY

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First Line: Kate! If e'er thy light foot lingers
Last Line: On returning home, thy boots.
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight

KATE! if e'er thy light foot lingers
On the lawn, when up the fells
Steals the Dark, and fairy fingers
Close unseen the pimpernels:
When, his thighs with sweetness laden,
From the meadow comes the bee,
And the lover and the maiden
Stand beneath the trysting tree: --

Lingers on, till stars unnumber'd
Tremble in the breeze-swept tarn,
And the bat that all day slumber'd
Flits about the lonely barn;
And the shapes that shrink from garish
Noon are peopling cairn and lea;
And thy sire is almost bearish
If kept waiting for his tea: --

And the screech-owl scares the peasant
As he skirts some churchyard drear;
And the goblins whisper pleasant
Tales in Miss Rossetti's ear;
Importuning her in strangest,
Sweetest tones to buy their fruits: --
O be careful that thou changest,
On returning home, thy boots.

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