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DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 6. SUNSET IN THE TROPICS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A silver flash from the sinking sun
Last Line: Queen night, on velvet slippered feet, comes softly down.
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Evening; Night; Sunset; Twilight; Bedtime


A silver flash from the sinking sun,
Then a shot of crimson across the sky
That, bursting, lets a thousand colors fly
And riot among the clouds; they run,
Deepening in purple, flaming in gold,
Changing, and opening fold after fold,
Then fading through all of the tints of the rose into gray,
Till, taking quick fright at the coming night,
They rush out down the west,
In hurried quest
Of the fleeing day.

Now above where the tardiest color flares a moment yet,
One point of light, now two, now three are set
To form the starry stairs, —
And, in her fire-fly crown,
Queen Night, on velvet slippered feet, comes softly down.





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