Normale Version: The Earthly Paradise
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The Earthly Paradise

A wondrous morning, sunlit, mild and still!
No cloud on depthless azure; not a breeze
To wake brief murmur from the tranquil trees;
No shade as yet upon the pine-clad hill.

Through all wide nature a delicious thrill
Of living, joyous, silence; birds and bees
Hushed, e'en as I, in long luxurious ease,
As if of life the world had drunk its fill.

Then sudden thought of darkness on me fell;
Of hideous murder at that moment done;
Of madeness shrieking in its distant cell;

Deaths, partings, tears - one never-ceasing yell
Of woe and crime beneath the smiling sun,
Amid this peaceful Paradise of Hell.