Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MIST AND MOONLIGHT, by JOSEPH TATLOW

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MIST AND MOONLIGHT, by            
First Line: My love, do you ever remember
Last Line: Through a mist of unshed tears!
Subject(s): Love; Moon

MY love, do you ever remember
A night that is long gone by,
In the mellowy time of Autumn,
When the golden grain stood high?

We had been to the quaint old chapel,
Which stood where the river flow'd,
And we saunter'd towards the city
By the old familiar road.

Oh, peaceful and soft was the twilight,
Till a mist rose o'er the lea,
When the air grew heavy with sadness,
Like the doubt which burden'd me.

And the pines that skirted the wayside
A darkness around us threw;
It seemed to my heart a foreboding --
What life would be without you.

At length we emerged from the shadow,
And stood in the open night,
You still may remember, my darling,
The scene that burst on our sight:

How the moon in her queenly splendour
Beam'd full on our startled eyes;
How we paused in a sudden wonder,
And gazed in a glad surprise.

Her beams, with a silvery brightness,
Fell soft on your upturn'd face,
And a flood of effulgence hallow'd
Your form with a mystic grace.

And oh! as I gazed on your features,
My heart cast out all its fears,
For I read in your eyes a secret,
Through a mist of unshed tears!

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