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Long time he lay upon the sunny hill,
To his father's house below securely bound.
Those lumbering horses in the steady plough,
On the bare field--I wonder why, just now,
But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
They do not live in the world,
Are not in time and space.
Last night I watched my brothers play,
The gentle and the reckless one,
I have observed in foolish awe
The dateless mid-days of the law
Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
Sometimes we think of the nations lying asleep,
Curled blindly in impenetrable sorrow,
The ancestral deed is thought and done,
And in a million Edens fall
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