Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHAMBER MUSIC: 26, by JAMES JOYCE

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First Line: Thou leanest to the shell of night
Last Line: In purchas or in holinshed.

Thou leanest to the shell of night,

Dear lady, a divining ear.

In that soft choiring of delight

What sound hath made thy heart to fear?

Seemed it of rivers rushing forth
From the grey deserts of the north?

That mood of thine

Is his, if thou but scan it well,

Who a mad tale bequeaths to us

At ghosting hour conjurable -- -

And all for some strange name he read
In Purchas or in Holinshed.

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