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YOUTH. A SONNET SEQUENCE: PREMONITION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The colorless thin voices of the dark
Last Line: In years to come, more desolate than these.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Time


The colorless thin voices of the dark
Grow fainter as the moon begins to rise,
And like a scimitar the river lies
Curving among pale trees with silvered bark.
Here at this height we stand, whose lips contain
Our vain protesting youth that stirs and cries
Dumbly within us. Under widened skies
Star-deep in silence, how should we complain?
The hours move slowly toward their shining end,
Brimmed with broad moonlight and the damp of earth.
We are but misers who are forced to spend
Our heritage of time, and face long dearth
Of wordless nights beneath moon-whitened trees, --
In years to come, more desolate than these.





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