Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

CXVII


 

What will the Angel of the Morning say,
Relieving guard? 
"Night, who hath passed thy way 
To the Palace Yard?"  
And Night will make reply, 
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"Only two springtime lovers sought 
The King's reward."

Then will the Angel of the Morning say,
"What said the King?" 
"The King said nought, but smiled 

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And took his ring 
And gave it to the man, 
And set him in his stead for one 
Sweet day of spring."

Then will the Angel of the Morning say,

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With grave regard, 
"Pass, Night, and leave the gate 
For once unbarred. 
I serve the lover now; 
He shall be free of all the earth 
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For his reward."