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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–1876)

THE PASSIONATE first flush

Of that great sunset came,

And vanished, like a rush

Of self-consuming flame;

But deep within the west,

Long lived the afterglow,

And on the water’s breast

Slow heaving to and fro;

And where the lower blue

Was lost in tender green,

An eager star burst through

The palpitating screen;

And darkly whispering went

The wind among the grass,

And o’er the waves;—intent

On what should come to pass,

Eastward I turned my eyes

In vauge expectancy

And saw the moon arise

Like Venus from the sea.