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First Line: Night is the city's disease
Last Line: Looking for children to sing to.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City; Cities; Injustice; Urban Life

NIGHT is the city's disease.
The streets and the people one sees
Glow with a light that is strangely inhuman;
A fever that never grows cold.
Heaven completes the disgrace;
For now, with her star-pitted face,
Night has the leer of a dissolute woman,
Cynical, moon-scarred and old.

And I think of the country roads;
Of the quiet, sleeping abodes,
Where every tree is a silent brother
And the hearth is a thing to cling to.
And I sicken and long for it now—
To feel clean winds on my brow,
Where Night bends low, like an all-wise mother
Looking for children to sing to.

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