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Alan Seeger (Алан Сигер)


Sonnet 12. Down the strait vistas where a city street


Down the strait vistas where a city street
Fades in pale dust and vaporous distances,
Stained with far fumes the light grows less and less
And the sky reddens round the day's retreat.
Now out of orient chambers, cool and sweet,
Like Nature's pure lustration, Dusk comes down.
Now the lamps brighten and the quickening town
Rings with the trample of returning feet.
And Pleasure, risen from her own warm mould
Sunk all the drowsy and unloved daylight
In layers of odorous softness, Paphian girls
Cover with gauze, with satin, and with pearls,
Crown, and about her spangly vestments fold
The ermine of the empire of the Night. 



Alan Seeger's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 4. Up at his attic sill the South wind came
  2. The Torture of Cuauhtemoc
  3. Sonnet 1. Down the strait vistas where a city street
  4. Sonnet 7. To me, a pilgrim on that journey bound
  5. Sonnet 10. A splendor, flamelike, born to be pursued


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