Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

George William Russell 1867–1935



THE EAST was crowned with snow-cold bloom

And hung with veils of pearly fleece:

They died away into the gloom,

Vistas of peace—and deeper peace.

And earth and air and wave and fire

In awe and breathless silence stood;

For One who passed into their choir

Linked them in mystic brotherhood.

Twilight of amethyst, amid

Thy few strange stars that lit the heights,

Where was the secret spirit hid?

Where was Thy place, O Light of Lights?

The flame of Beauty far in space—

Where rose the fire: in Thee? in Me?

Which bowed the elemental race

To adoration silently?