Orion, and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

RONDEAU.—"HESPER APPEARS."


 

 
HESPER appears when flowing gales
Have filled the sunset’s fervid sails,
    When down the low dim orient hills
    The purple gloaming soft distils
To nestle in the crooning vales.                                                       
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To fretted hearts whom want assails,
Whom Youth, nor Hope, nor Love avails
    To loose their wearying load of ills,
       Hesper appears,
Lifting the sordid dusty veils                                                            
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That wrap us till our courage fails:
    Ah, vexéd hearts! The hour fulfils
    Your yearnings with its peace, and stills
Awhile man’s myriad fretful wails,—                                               
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       Hesper appears.