Through the still air of night Suddenly comes, alone and shrill, Like the far-off voice of the distant light, The single piping trill Of a bird that has caught the scent of the dawn, And knows that the night is over ; (She has poured her dews on the velvet lawn And drenched the long grass and the clover), And now with her naked white feet She is silently passing away, Out of the garden and into the street, Over the long yellow fields of the wheat, Till she melts in the arms of the day. And from the great gates of the East, With a clang and a brazen blare, Forth from the rosy wine and the feast Comes the god with the flame-flaked hair ; The hoofs of his horses ring On the golden stones, and the wheels Of his chariot burn and sing, And the earth beneath him reels; And forth with a rush and a rout His myriad angels run, And the world is awake with a shout, ' He is coming ! The sun ! The sun ! '
- by Alfred Bruce Douglas, Lord (1870 - 1945), "Night coming out of a garden" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Night coming out of a garden", 1954 [medium voice and piano], Southern/Texas [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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