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First Line: I have sought beauty in strange lonely places
Last Line: For beauty rests behind the death-barred gate.
Subject(s): Beauty


I HAVE sought beauty in strange lonely places:
A coral island in a sapphire sea,
Whose ragged edges wove quaint shadow laces
Where scarlet fish stared through the mesh at me;
And in a jungle on one thundering night
I saw black bodies leap about a blaze,
And with their rhythm in that eerie light
My pulse beat harmonies of ancient days;
Once when the purple flower of twilight faded
To leave the fragrance of some rare dim bloom
I barely touched the wings of death, grey-shaded,
Where I knelt weeping in a silent room.
And seeking much has taught me I must wait,
For beauty rests behind the death-barred gate.





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