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George William Russell (“A.E.”)

1867–1935. Irish writer and editor. { Encyclopedia Britannica }

At a Glance

Rilla of Ingleside (1)

Dawn (1906 poem)

Still as the holy of holies breathes the vast
Within its crystal depths the stars grow dim;
Fire on the altar of the hills at last
          Burns on the shadowy rim. (Lines 1–4)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 5 (“an altar of the hills”).


A.E. [George William Russell]. By Still Waters: Lyrical Poems Old and New. Dundrum: The Dun Emer Press, 1906. Online at

“Dawn,” pp. 6–7.

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