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 Beside that track of air and light,
Weak as a child unweaned,
At shut of day a Christian knight
Upon his henchman leaned.
The embers of the sunset's fires
Along the clouds burned down;
‘I see,’ he said, “the domes and spires
Of Norembega town.”
Alack! the domes, O master mine,
Are golden clouds on high;
Yon spire is but the branchless pine
That cuts the evening sky. “
“Oh, hush and hark! What sounds are these
But chants and holy hymns?”
“Thou hear'st the breeze that stirs the trees
Through all their leafy limbs.”
“Is it a chapel bell that fills
The air with its low tone?”
“Thou hear'st the tinkle of the rills,
The insect's vesper drone.”
“The Christ be praised!—He sets for me
A blessed cross in sight!”
“Now, nay, 't is but yon blasted tree
With two gaunt arms outright!”
“Be it wind so sad or tree so stark,
It mattereth not, my knave;
Methinks to funeral hymns I hark,
The cross is for my grave!
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