"Moonlight, Tuscany" by Joseph Wright‘In the Deep of the Night’ by Daniel Leach The Society July 25, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 11 Comments In the deep of the night do my restless thoughts roam ____To the moon-flooded fields of the sky, And they search for a pure and ethereal home, ____Where emotions and thoughts never die. Where the mountains and valleys of silvery cloud ____Are eternally calling to me, And the star-written secrets their vapors enshroud ____Stretch beyond, like an infinite sea! Where the souls of the dead and the millions unborn, ____All around me, suffused in soft light, Purest colors, like jewels, my pathway adorn, ____To my earth-weighted vision give sight. And that light is a love that on earth we but guess ____In our purest and loveliest dreams, And with some higher passion those spirits caress, ____Upward-drawing the soul with their beams. For I know that among them are those I did love, ____When together we walked o’er the earth, Like a voice on the wind from the regions above, ____Call me back to the place of my birth. Daniel Leach is a poet living in Houston, Texas. He has spent much of his life fighting for the ideals of classical culture and and poetry. His poems have been published on the 21st century classical poetry website www.thechainedmuse.com. More of his writings can be found here Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 11 Responses E. V. July 25, 2018 The imagery is beautiful! I love how you blend the whimsical with the spiritual. Reply Joseph Tessitore July 25, 2018 This is beautiful, Daniel! Well done! Reply Bruce Edward Wren July 25, 2018 Quite nice: lyricism and rhythm. Good job, Daniel. Reply David Paul Behrens July 25, 2018 Outstanding! Reply Michael Dashiell July 25, 2018 A sublime poem, hopefully the Angels can read it. Reply William Krusch July 25, 2018 Bravo, Daniel. Your lyricism especially in the first two stanzas, is beautiful. Your poem recalls Eichendorff’s “Mondnacht” or the Heine poems Schumann used in “Dicterliebe.” This deserves to be set to music – if only there was a living Schumann… Reply C.B. Anderson July 25, 2018 Leo has a point. Many of the lines are breathless excursions into a kind of Disney Fantasy Land, which leave us thrilled but not really edified. But I will say this: Writing and reading anapestic meter is always exciting, and I did find myself caught up in that headlong rush. Reply Leo Yankevich July 25, 2018 I’d like to draw attention to a grammatical error, according to my lights, made in the biographical notes. The verb “live” meaning “dwell” should appear in the present simple, and not in the present continuous. The use of the continuous in this case is non-standard English. The biographical note should read: “Daniel Leach is a poet who lives in Houston, Texas.” (I’d drop “is a poet who” as well. “Daniel Leach lives in Houston, Texas” suffices.) Of course, McDonald’s “I’m loving it” is also non-standard. I understand, though, that we all make mistakes. Reply Evan Mantyk September 15, 2018 Dear Daniel Leach, My apologies for the late comment. This is an exquisite poem, the loftiness of which is tantalizing to the ear and soul. It has a child-like simplicity of spirit which I found profound and moving. I am planning to read it at a Chinese Moon Festival celebration tonight. Such is its power that I believe a non-poet could immediately connect with and appreciate it. I look forward to reading more of your poetry. Reply Jonathan Jensen October 27, 2018 Hello – I stumbled on this beautiful poem by accident while searching for something with a similar title. I’m a published composer and songwriter who hasn’t done a musical setting of a poem for some time – but this one has definite musical possibilities. How would you feel about your poem becoming the basis of a song? I can’t promise it will happen, what with all the projects I have going on now, but I’d like to give it a try and see if lightning will strike. Reply Dan Leach February 5, 2019 Jonathan–sorry I haven’t replied-I only saw your comments today. Please contact me at I’d like to know more about your music. Dan Leach Reply Leave a Reply to Evan Mantyk Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.