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HESPERIDES, by            
First Line: Sink, lovely day, and fold thy wings of gold
Last Line: Soon shall I hear his keel grate on the shore.


SINK, lovely day, and fold thy wings of gold
Around the islands of the western seas,
The far-off, beautiful Hesperides;
For there the waves, by temperate winds controlled,
Sing to the shores forever. Sink, and fold
Thy wings above their golden-fruited trees,
And quiet gardens, and the sinless ease
Of them that grow no longer weak or old.
They that dwell there have borne life's little pain;
They were as we are, but shall weep no more.
Fly, lovely day, and drop below the main,
Where waits for me a welcome at the door;
I follow when the Boatman comes again;
Soon shall I hear his keel grate on the shore.





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