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Calamus 11

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


WHEN I heard at the close of the day how my name  
 had been received with plaudits in the capitol, 
 still it was not a happy night for me that fol- 
And else, when I caroused, or when my plans were  
 accomplished, still I was not happy;
But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of  
 perfect health, refreshed, singing, inhaling the  
 ripe breath of autumn,
When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and  
 disappear in the morning light,
When I wandered alone over the beach, and, undress- 
 ing, bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and  
 saw the sun rise,
And when I thought how my dear friend, my lover, 
 was on his way coming, O then I was happy;
O then each breath tasted sweeter—and all that day  
 my food nourished me more—And the beautiful  
 day passed well,
And the next came with equal joy—And with the  
 next, at evening, came my friend;
  [ begin page 358 ]ppp.01500.366.jpg And that night, while all was still, I heard the waters  
 roll slowly continually up the shores,
I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands, 
 as directed to me, whispering, to congratulate  
For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the  
 same cover in the cool night,
In the stillness, in the autumn moonbeams, his face  
 was inclined toward me,
And his arm lay lightly around my breast—And that  
 night I was happy.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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