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THE HILLS

They seize the sullen thunder,
And take it up for plunder,
And cast it down and under,
And up and back again.


They are as changeless as the rock,
As changeful as the sea;
They rest, but as a lover rests
After love's ecstasy.
They watch, as a true lover
Watches the quick lights hover
About the lids that cover
His eyes so wearily.


Heaven lies upon their breasts at night,
Heaven kisses them at dawn;
Heaven clasps and kisses them at even
With fire of the sun's death born.
They turn to his desire
Their bosom, flushing higher
With soft receptive fire,
And blushing, passion-torn.


Here, in the hills of ages
I met thee face to face;
O mother Earth, O lover Earth,
Look down on me with grace.