Dream Mystery

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Dream Mystery  (1915) 
by Clark Ashton Smith
1915.

(For Samuel Loveman 17-5-1915)


O'er dreamland gardens lulled and white
  In music leaned the langorous moon
The burden of the murmured night.

Where amaranths and lillies wore,
  In a lofty pallor fully blown,
An ivory silence evermore,

Bemused, I saw the night's white song,
  The flower's moon-measured lullaby,
Its visible pale rune prolong

Then, to my spelled reluctant ear,
  A whisper louder than the light,
pierced as from alien presence near

Till half I deemed to shortly see
  A silver seraph of the moon,
Or star-shape harping mystery.

But wingless yet the midnight seemed,
  The garden footless to my gaze,
Save for a wind that fleetly gleamed

Upon the pensive-paced hours,
  And moonlight fluttering like a moth
Amid the swayed, enormous flowers.

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