Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HELIOS, by JOEL ELIAS SPINGARN

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First Line: Oh, I am weary of a heart that brings
Last Line: "I shall cry out to heaven, ""the sun! The sun!"

OH, I am weary of a heart that brings
Star-worship even to the shining sun:
Rather a savage whose whole heart hath won
Radiance and joy from sunlight than whose wings
Flutter and fade before the twilight rings:
Why should we falter when the night is done, --
Dream-weavers, trembling in dim mists that stun
All things divorced from thought, and thought from things?
I am thy child, O Sun, as Julian was:
I crouch not in the shadows of my soul,
And grapple with dark terrors; nor, rewon,
Drink I of darkness when the shadows pass:
Even at death, when nearest is the goal,
I shall cry out to heaven, "The sun! the sun!"

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