Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


 

The Queen of Night


 

MORTAL, mortal, have you seen
In the scented summer night,
Great Astarte, clad in green
With a veil of mystic light,
Passing on her silent way,
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Pale and lovelier than day?

Mortal, mortal, have you heard,
On an odorous summer eve,
Rumors of an unknown word
Bidding sorrow not to grieve,—

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Echoes of a silver voice
Bidding every heart rejoice?

Mortal, when the slim new moon
Hangs above the western hill,
When the year comes round to June

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And the leafy world is still,
Then, enraptured, you shall hear
Secrets for a poet’s ear.

Mortal, mortal, come with me,
When the moon is rising large,

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Through the wood or from the sea,
Or by some lone river marge.
There, entranced, you shall behold
Beauty’s self, that grows not old.