Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Word Book (New York: Doubleday, 1906), p. 115. Republished as The Devil's Dictionary (New York: Dover, 1958). PS 1097 D4 1958 ROBA.
1The rimer quenches his unheeded fires,
2The sound surceases and the sense expires.
3Then the domestic dog, to east and west,
4Expounds the passions burning in his breast.
5The rising moon o'er that enchanted land
6Pauses to hear and yearns to understand.
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