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Twilight on Sixth Avenue at Ninth Street

1Over the tops of the houses
2    Twilight and sunset meet.
4    Sinks to the eager street.
5Astray in the tangle of roofs
6    Wanders a wind of June.
7The dial shines in the clock-tower
8    Like the face of a strange-scrawled moon.
9The narrowing lines of the houses
10    Palely begin to gleam,
11And the hurrying crowds fade softly
12    Like an army in a dream.
13Above the vanishing faces
14    A phantom train flares on
15With a voice that shakes the shadows, --
16    Diminishes, and is gone.
17And I walk with the journeying throng
18    In such a solitude
19As where a lonely ocean
20    Washes a lonely wood.

Notes

3] diaphanous: ethereal, finely textured. Back to Line
 What thou lovest well remains,
                  the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
                or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
    Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI
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