Beyond the Hills of Dream

by William Wilfred Campbell




DOWN by the shore at even, when the waves
     Lap lightly on the reedy rims, and soft,
One trembling star, a blossom, flames aloft,
Where the sunk sun the western heaven laves
With lowest tides of day; the tired world craves
     For the great night that cometh brooding in,
     With draught of healing over earth’s far din,
And blessed rest that recreates and saves.
Far in the breathing woods the whip-poor-will
     Reiterates his plaintive note; and hark!
     A dusky night-hawk whirrs athwart the dark,
Haunting the shadows, till in silvern swoon,
Hunted by her own spirit, strange and still,
     Over the waters comes the wan, white moon.