Sunset

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I saw the day lean o'er the world's sharp edge
        And peer into night's chasm, dark and damp;
        High in his hand he held a blazing lamp,
Then dropped it and plunged headlong down the ledge.

With lurid splendor that swift paled to gray,
        I saw the dim skies suddenly flush bright.
        'Twas but the expiring glory of the light
Flung from the hand of the adventurous day.

from Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1883)

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