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"My visual orbs are purged from film, and lo i
Instead of Anster's turnip-bearing vales

I see old fairy land's miraculous show I
Her trees of tinsel kissed by freakish gales,

Her Ouphs that, cloaked In leaf-gold, skim the breeze,
And fairies, swarming"

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'Tis the middle watch of a summer's night—

The earth is dark, but the heavens are bright;

Nought is seen in the vault on high

But the moon, and the stars, and the cloudless sky,

And the flood which rolls its milky hue,

A river of light on the welkin blue.

The moon looks down on old Cronest,

She mellows the shades on his shaggy breast,

And seems his huge gray form to throw

In a silver cone on the wave below;

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His sides are broken by spots of shade,
By the walnut bough and the cedar made,
And through their clustering branches dark
Glimmers and dies the firefly's spark—
Like starry twinkles that momently break
Through the rifts of the gathering tempest's rack.

The stars are on the moving stream,

And fling, as its ripples gently flow,
A burnished length of wavy beam

In an eel-like, spiral line below;
The winds are whist, and the owl is still,

The bat in the shelvy rock is hid,
And nought is heard on the lonely hill
But the cricket's chirp, and the answer shrill

Of the gauze-winged katy-did;
And the plaint of the wailing whip-poor-will.

Who moans unseen, and ceaseless sings,
Ever a note of wail and wo,

Till morning spreads her rosy wings, And earth and sky in her glances glow.

III.

Tis the hour of fairy ban and spell:
The wood-tick has kept the minutes well,

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He has counted them all with click and stroke,
Deep in the heart of the mountain oak,
And he has awakened the sentry elve

Who sleeps with him in the haunted tree,
To hid him ring the hour of twelve,

And call the fays to their revelry;
Twelve small strokes on his tinkling bell—
('Twas made of the white snail's pearly shell:—)
"Midnight comes, and all is well!
Hither, hither, wing your way!
'Tis the dawn of the fairy day."

IV.

They come from beds of lichen green,
They creep from the mullen's velvet screen;

Some on the backs of beetles fly
From the silver tops of moon-touched trees,

Where they swung in their cobweb hammocks high, And rocked about in the evening breeze;

Some from the hum-bird's downy nest— They had driven him out by elfin power,

And, pillowed on plumes of his rainbow breast, Had slumbered there till the charmed hour;

Some had lain in the scoop of the rock, With glittering ising-stars inlaid

And some had opened the four-o' clock, And stole within its purple shade.

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