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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII. 1876–79.

Introductory to India

Evening in India

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

EVENING comes on: arising from the stream,

Homeward the tall flamingo wings his flight;

And where he sails athwart the setting beam,

His scarlet plumage glows with deeper light.

The watchman, at the wished approach of night,

Gladly forsakes the field, where he all day,

To scare the wingéd plunderers from their prey,

With shout and sling, on yonder clay-built height,

Hath borne the sultry ray.

Hark! at the Golden Palaces

The Brahmin strikes the hour.

For leagues and leagues around, the brazen sound

Rolls through the stillness of departing day,

Like thunder far away.