Daylight and Moonlight

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Daylight and Moonlight
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From Birds of Passage. Featured in Vol 1., No.4 of The Atlantic Monthly

Daylight and Moonlight

In broad daylight, and at noon,
Yesterday I saw the moon
Sailing high, but faint and white,
As a school-boy's paper kite.

In broad daylight, yesterday,
I read a Poet's mystic lay;
And it seemed to me at most
As a phantom, or a ghost.

But at length the feverish day
Like a passion died away,
And the night, serene and still,
Fell on village, vale, and hill.

Then the moon, in all her pride,
Like a spirit glorified,
Filled and overflowed the night
With revelations of her light.

And the Poet's song again
Passed like music through my brain.
Night interpreted to me
All its grace and mystery.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.