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Ursula Bethell

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Twinkled to Sleep

Cerulean night-sky
Stygian-dark river-plain
East, north, west,
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,

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)


Last updated 10 April, 2005