Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

II


 

The day is lost without thee,
The night has not a star.
Thy going is an empty room
Whose door is left ajar.

Depart: it is the footfall

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Of twilight on the hills.
Return: and every rood of ground
Breaks into daffodils.

Thy coming is companioned
By presences of bliss;

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The rivers and the little leaves
All know how good it is.