Richard Watson Gilder
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- From all the misty morning air, there comes a summer sound,
A murmur as of waters from skies, and trees, and ground. The birds they sing upon the wing, the pigeons bill and coo.
- "A Midsummer Song", in Lyrics and Other Poems (1885).
- Not from the whole wide world I chose thee,
Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea!
The wide, wide world could not inclose thee,
For thou art the whole wide world to me.
- Song (1894).
- Through love to light! Oh wonderful the way
That leads from darkness to the perfect day!
- After-song (1894), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- I am a woman—therefore I may not
Call to him, cry to him,
Fly to him,
Bid him delay not.
- A Woman's Thought, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
- The Celestial Passion, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).