Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AFTER THE NIGHT, by NOUREDDIN ADDIS



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AFTER THE NIGHT, by            
First Line: Beneath her haloed crest of steel and stone
Last Line: And there shall be no fear and no regret.


Beneath her haloed crest of steel and stone,
Whose gleaming turrets hurl the night aside,
The city never sleeps. Till dawn her wide
Unbending ways give back a monotone --
The weary plod of men who walk alone.
She asks no questions, sparing thus their pride;
What have they else whose lives are crucified?
What else? -- At night the city is their own.

A day shall dawn -- that newer day -- not made
By spinning globe on gravitation's chain.
A sun shall rise which is not doomed to set
Behind the city's towers; nor brightness fade ...
And bondmen, freed, shall walk in their domain,
And there shall be no fear and no regret.





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