Ode to Selene or Diana

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Immortal Moon, in maiden splendour shine;
 Dispense thy beams, divine Latona's child.
Thy silver rays all grosser things define,
 And hide harsh Truth in sweet illusion mild.

In thy soft light, the city of unrest
 That stands so squalid in thy brother's glare,
Throws off its habit, and in silence blest,
 Becomes a vision, sparkling bright and fair.

The modern world,with all its care and pain
 The smokey streets, the loathsome clanging mills,
Face 'neath thy breams, Selene, and again
 We dream as shepherds on Chaldea's hills.

Take heed, Diana, of my humble plea;
 Convey me where my happiness can last,
Draw me against the tide of Time's rought sea,
 And let my sprirt rest amidst the past.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1937, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.