Fragrant Quote for June 3rd, 2012 from VESPERS from Madonna and other poems By Harrison Smith Morris

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VESPERS from Madonna and other poems
By Harrison Smith Morris

Evening, if any sweetness of the air,
If any odor of the open buds,
... May be unlocked and loosened, it is thou
Who touch the wards and turn the key and let
The swimming fragrance steal between the leaves.

Thy veiled fingers feel along the east,
Beckoning the dusk to make a sleep on earth,
And coaxing down the clouds that keep the sun;
Thine eyes amid the shadow of thy locks
Look out and stream with pity for the tired.

Then to the west turning, with covered face
Thou fleest and with faint and far farewells
Biddest the sun adieu, and, calling up
Thy Ethiop minions, close the casements in
That look on level highways of the day.

And so, thy reign complete, amid the fields,
On verdure whitened with thy beads of dew,
Thou liest, and the boughs, stirred by the first
New wind of night, make music for thy sleep,
And stars hang timid in the deeps of air.