Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ANTHEM OF DAWN, by MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN



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First Line: Then up the orient heights to the zenith that balanced the crescent
Last Line: Thou hallelujah of heaven! Hosanna of earth!


I
THEN up the orient heights to the zenith that balanced the crescent,--
Up and far up and over,--the heaven grew erubescent,
Vibrant with rose and with ruby from hands of the harpist Dawn,
Smiting symphonic fire on the firmament's barbition;
And the East was a priest who adored with offerings of gold
and of gems,
And a wonderful carpet unrolled for the inaccessible hems
Of the glittering robes of her limbs; that, lily and amethyst,
Swept glorying on and on through temples of cloud and mist.

II
Then out of the splendour and richness, that burned like a
magic stone,
The torrent suffusion that deepened and dazzled and
broadened and shone,
The pomp and the pageant of colour, triumphal procession of glare,
The sun, like a king in armour, breathing splendour from feet to hair,
Stood forth with majesty girdled, as a hero who towers afar
Where the bannered gates are bristling hells and the walls
are roaring war:
And broad on the back of the world, like a Cherubin's fiery blade,
The effulgent gaze of his aspect fell in glittering accolade.

III
Then billowing blue, like an ocean, rolled from the shores
of dawn to even:
And the stars, like rafts, went down: and the moon, like a
ghost-ship driven,
A feather of foam, from port to port of the cloud-built
isles that dotted,
With pearl and cameo, bays of the day, her canvas webbed and rooted,
Lay lost in the gulf of heaven: while over her mixed and melted
The beautiful children of Morn, whose bodies are opal-belted;
The beautiful daughters of Dawn, who, over and under and after
The rivered radiance wrestled; and rainbowed heaven with laughter
Of halcyon sapphire.--O Dawn! thou visible mirth,
Thou hallelujah of heaven! hosanna of Earth!





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