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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 Dora Read Goodale (1866–1953)

LOWER and lower the light is failing,—

Waves of color that come and go;

Yellow and purple slowly paling,—

Flush of pink in the after-glow;

Booming bees forsake the clover.

Day is over!

Faster and faster from hazy hollow

Night is closing on field and wood;

Out of the west the late-bound swallow

Hastens back to the crumpled brood;

Stately-winged, the night-hawks hover.

Day is over!

Forest and fallow grow dark together,

A bell in the distance sounding slow;

Still the light of the rosy weather

Welling up in the after-glow;

Now the starry skies discover

Day is over!

From “A June Day.”