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Ursula Bethell


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Twinkled to Sleep

Cerulean night-sky
   Star-set;
Stygian-dark river-plain
East, north, west,
   Dance-set;
Myriad amber-flashing
Lights dancing, rays flashing, all night.

Delight! delight! Inexpressible heart-dance
   With these.
Strange heart-peace, in sparkling lights!
Blithe heart-ease, starry peace, dancing repose!
Star-charmed, dance-enchanted eyes close,
   Appeased.

Dance in jet-dark depth, in star-set height,
Lights dancing, west, east,
Star-high, heart-deep,
   All night.

 


From Day and Night (Caxton, 1939)

 


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Last updated 10 April, 2005