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Experiment 12

On contemplation of the still night

On contemplation of the still night

Beneath God's supernal evening portrait
The world lulls lazily into sleep
Darkness becomes eminent, stressed
By the Beacon moon, guardian prince in deity.

The land is not lighted, merely circumscribed
By humble grey clouds: and is not ignorant, almost evil
In sheer silk-seductive blackness
The beauteous sheen of it all!

And ah! devils are aroused!
They rumbled and flicker with demon uproar.
All succumb at last to the glory
Of God's morning. Evil contours of land
Resume their colour and meaning.
And man, unaware of the drama, rises and
Sets off to work.