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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Daylight and Moonlight

In broad daylight, and at noon,
Yesterday I saw the moon
Sailing high, but faint and white,
As a schoolboy's paper kite.

In broad daylight, yesterday,
I read a poet's mystic lay;
And it seemed to me at most
As a phantom, or a ghost.

But at length the feverish day
Like a passion died away,
And the night, serene and still,
Fell on village, vale, and hill.

Then the moon, in all her pride,
Like a spirit glorified,
Filled and overflowed the night
With revelations of her light.

And the Poet's song again
Passed like music through my brain;
Night interpreted to me
All its grace and mystery. 

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: Daylight and Moonlight
Volume: Birds Of Passage

Comment 1 of 1, added on August 24th, 2005 at 12:46 PM.

This poem is beautiful. I believe Longfellow truly captures the essence of what poetry is in this poem. It is something that maybe, only poets and other artists can appreciate, but it is beautiful.

ZBird from United States

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