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First Line: O the long northern twilight between the day and the night
Last Line: In the still norther twilight, azrael, take my soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mulock, Dinah Maria

"Until the day break and the shadows flee away."

O THE long northern twilight between the day and the night,
When the heat and the weariness of the world are ended quite:
When the hills grow dim as dreams, and the crystal river seems
Like that River of Life from out the Throne where the blessed walk in

O the weird northern twilight, which is neither night nor day,
When the amber wake of the long-set sun still marks his western way:
And but one great golden star in the deep blue east afar
Warns of sleep, and dark, and midnight -- of oblivion and decay.

O the calm northern twilight, when labor is all done,
And the birds in drowsy twitter have dropped silent one by one:
And nothing stirs or sighs in mountains, waters, skies, --
Earth sleeps -- but her heart waketh, till the rising of the sun.

O the sweet, sweet twilight, just before the time of rest,
When the black clouds are driven away, and the stormy winds suppressed:
And the dead day smiles so bright, filling earth and heaven with light, --
You would think 't was dawn come back again -- but the light is in the west.

O the grand solemn twilight, spreading peace from pole to pole! --
Ere the rains sweep o'er the hillsides, and the waters rise and roll,
In the lull and the calm, come, O angel with the palm --
In the still norther twilight, Azrael, take my soul.

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