Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

XXXI


 

On the meridian of the night 
Alcar the Tester marks high June; 
Arcturus knows his zenith fame; 
No grass-head sleeps upon the dune.

And up from the southeastern sea,

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Antares, the red summer star, 
Brings back the ardours of the earth, 
Like fire opals in a jar:

The frail and misty sense of things
Beyond mortality's ado, 

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The soft delirium of dream, 
And joy pale virgins never knew.