Sweet silence after bells

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Sweet silence after bells!deep in the enamour'd earsoft incantation dwells.

Filling the rapt still spherea liquid crystal swims,precarious yet clear.

Those metal quiring hymnsshaped ether so succinct:a while, or it dislimns,

the silence, wanly prinktwith forms of lingering notes,inhabits, close, distinct;

and night, the angel, floatson wings of blessing spreado'er all the gather'd cotes

where meditation, wedwith love, in gold-lit cells,absorbs the heaven that shed

sweet silence after bells.

© Christopher John Brennan