He loosed the window-latch
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And then he loosened me,
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My grim cavort
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The first report,
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Now made belatedly.


From gopher-wood and thatch
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I plied by eye and wing,
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The ruffled weather,
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Wave and feather,
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Black from the sea-winds fling.


Yet there was nothing there
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But fountains of the deep
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And heaven’s wells
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Washing great swells
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Of salt the drowning weep.


Then hunting everywhere
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Below a rounding moon
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I felt my screech
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Grow Eden-speech
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We shared in that long noon


Whose fallen silent leaves
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With Adam’s clacking bones
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Are swept through seas
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My singing frees
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From brine’s dumb undertones.


And though a dove retrieves
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From olives on the heights
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Her leaf and lands
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In Noah’s hands
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To coo away wild frights


And though she be the high
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Meek queen of that new realm
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Of peace and love,
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The Holy Dove
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No flood will overwhelm,


By foaming star tides I
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Still fly unsounded ground
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That Noah’s sweat
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Makes fertile yet,
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This raven-dark profound.


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”David Middleton
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