Nightingales by Robert Bridges

Beautiful must be the mountains whence ye come,
And bright in the fruitful valleys, the streams, wherefrom
Ye learn your song:
Where are those starry woods? O might I wander there,
Among the flowers, which in that heavenly air
Bloom the year long!

Nay, barren are those mountains and spent the streams:
Our song is the voice of the desire, that hunts our dreams,
A throe of the heart,
Whose pining visions dim, forbidden hopes profound,
No dying cadence nor long sigh can sound,
For all our art.

Along aloud in the ruptured ear of men
We pour our dark nocturnal secret; and then,
As night is withdrawn

From these sweet-springing meads and bursting bough of May
Dream, while innumerable choir of day
Welcome the dawn.

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