Before Dawn

A KEEN, insistent hint of dawn
Came from the mountain height;
A wan, uncertain gleam betrayed
The faltering of the night.
The emphasis of silence made
The fog above the brook
Intensely pale; the trees took on
A haunted, haggard look.
Such quiet came, expectancy
Filled all the earth and sky ;
Time seemed to pause a little space ;
I heard a dream go by !
Maurice Thompson.