Wild Garden

by Bliss Carman


 

THE TWILIGHT STORY


 

The woods are dyed with purple,
The west is washed with gold,
And in the waiting twilight
There is a story told.

The crooning river sings it,

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The tree-top robins call,
The bloodshot stirs to hear it
Beside the pasture wall.

It rings along the meadows
With piping clear and wild,

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The burden of the moment
By loveliness beguiled.

’Tis sadder than the south wind
Or the deep sobbing rain,
With memories of by-gones

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That will not be again.

It runs through all the music
From haunted woodlands blown,
When April comes with gladness
To make the world her own.

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It has the spell of magic
That brings the mountains near,—
The note of breathless wonder
The hearts of seashells hear;

The story of the twilight

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Is countless ages old,
And every one has heard it,
And none has ever told.