This poem was first published in Songs in Wiltshire (1909), but was also published in Cor Cordium and Selected Poems.
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The full tide turning, half its journey done,
The evening poplar sighing above the river,
Showers of arrows from the setting sun;
   Leave me not ever!

Long purple shadows over hushing hills,
The drowsy bee's late note, the night-wind's shiver,
The low-breathed litany of dying bells;
   Leave me not ever!

The twilight trembling over cooling springs,
Heaven's archéd glory gone unto the Giver,
And darkness with obliterating wings;
   Leave me not ever!

Dew on the bending grasses, and a dream,
Wavings of sleep upon the stilly river,
And broken brightness of the lunar beam;
   Leave me not ever!

A cloud of anger was above my head,
Love's truest triumph follows the forgiver,
The night is waning and the morn is red;
   Leave me not ever!


Title photography by Kara-Jane Senior

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