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All Day I Hear The Noise Of Waters

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All day I hear the noise of waters
Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going
Forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water’s
Monotone.

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.

 

– James Joyce

 

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Sleep Now, O Sleep Now

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Sleep now, O sleep now,
O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying “Sleep now”
Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
Is crying “Sleep no more.”

My kiss will give peace now
And quiet to your heart — –
Sleep on in peace now,
O you unquiet heart!

 

– James Joyce

 

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Night Piece

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Gaunt in gloom,
The pale stars their torches,
Enshrouded, wave.
Ghostfires from heaven’s far verges faint illume,
Arches on soaring arches,
Night’s sindark nave.

Seraphim,
The lost hosts awaken
To service till
In moonless gloom each lapses muted, dim,
Raised when she has and shaken
Her thurible.

And long and loud,
To night’s nave upsoaring,
A starknell tolls
As the bleak incense surges, cloud on cloud,
Voidward from the adoring
Waste of souls.

 

– James Joyce

 

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Rain Has Fallen All The Day

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Rain has fallen all the day.
O come among the laden trees:
The leaves lie thick upon the way
Of memories.

Staying a little by the way
Of memories shall we depart.
Come, my beloved, where I may
Speak to your heart.

 

– James Joyce

 

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Who Goes Amid The Green Wood?

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Who goes amid the green wood
With springtide all adorning her?
Who goes amid the merry green wood
To make it merrier?

Who passes in the sunlight
By ways that know the light footfall?
Who passes in the sweet sunlight
With mien so virginal?

The ways of all the woodland
Gleam with a soft and golden fire — –
For whom does all the sunny woodland
Carry so brave attire?

O, it is for my true love
The woods their rich apparel wear — –
O, it is for my own true love,
That is so young and fair.

 

– James Joyce

 

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O Cool Is The Valley Now

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O cool is the valley now
And there, love, will we go
For many a choir is singing now
Where Love did sometime go.
And hear you not the thrushes calling,
Calling us away?
O cool and pleasant is the valley
And there, love, will we stay.

 

– James Joyce

 

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2nd February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 James Joyce (novelist and poet)

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Died:

1907 Dmitri Mendeleev (original constructor of the Periodic Table)

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On This Day:

1920 Estonia declares independence (from Russia)

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Have a good Friday, 2nd February

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