Lundy's Lane and Other Poems

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

THE APPARITION


 

GENTLE angel with your mantle,
  All of tender green,
I was yearning for a vision
  Of the life unseen.

WHEN you hovered in the sunset,

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  Just as rain was done;
Where the dropping from the poplars
  Seemed like rain begun.

THERE you gathered forming slowly,
  Rounding into view:

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All your vesture glowed like verdure
  When the sap is new.

THEN you mutely gave your warning
  And I felt the stress
Of its passion and its presage

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  And its utterness.

THERE you swayed one tranquil moment,
  Mystically fair,
Then you were not of the sunset,
  Were not in the air.

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