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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

‘O Moon, Large Golden Summer Moon!’

By Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)

O MOON, large golden summer moon,

Hanging between the linden trees,

Which in the intermittent breeze

Beat with the rhythmic pulse of June!

O night-air, scented through and through

With honey-colored flower of lime,

Sweet now as in that other time

When all my heart was sweet as you!

The sorcery of this breathing bloom

Works like enchantment in my brain,

Till, shuddering back to life again,

My dead self rises from its tomb.

And lovely with the love of yore,

Its white ghost haunts the moon-white ways;

But when it meets me face to face,

Flies trembling to the grave once more.