The cock crows; & behold the hidden Day—
And Darkness, conscience-stricken, steals away,
His face bedewed with tears.
A bow across the sky,
Another in the river,
Whence swallows upward fly,
Like arrows from a quiver.
He rose, and singing passed from sight:
A shadow kindling with the sun,
His joy ecstatic flamed, till light
And heavenly song were one.
A ladder from the Land of Light,
I rest upon the sod,
Whence dewy angels of the Night
Climb back again to God.
The prophet Star, the Maiden Dawn, the Sun—
So light begins his reign;
Then Sunset, widowed Twilight, and anon
The prophet Star again.
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“Abashed”: Later Poems, p. 18; Poetry, p. 335. 1910. The poem alludes to the narrative in Matthew 26:69-75.
“Archery”: Child Verse, p. 26; Poetry, p. 330. 1899.
“The Lark”: Poems, p. 60; Poetry, p. 329. August 1892. A lark is any of a number of songbirds (family Alaudidae); only one, the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris), lives in North America.
“The Sunbeam”: Poems, p. 145; Poetry, p. 331. December 1892. The poem alludes to the Old Testament story of Jacob’s Ladder, Genesis 28:10-22; see also John 1:51.
“Signals”: Father Tabb, p. 188; Poetry, p. 336. July 1904. Anon means soon.