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VILLANELLE OF CITY AND COUNTRY, by            
First Line: Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie
Last Line: But oh, the towers set in gotham's sky!
Subject(s): Ferry Boats; New York City; Romance; Skyscrapers; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie,
And watch the Lovers wander—Song and Spring—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham's sky!

A great triangle shaft uplifts on high
Its columned shrine wherein the presses sing;
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie.

With flocks of clouds the Shepherd-wind goes by,
White poppies 'mid the waving grasses swing—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham's sky!

As to a fairy castle we draw nigh
When home the ferries bear us, marvelling;
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie.

Across the empty fields the trumpets die
That meadow larks unto the morning fling—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham's sky!

Far off I hear the city's aching cry,
Where Life and Death are Lovers, wandering;
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie,
But oh, the towers set in Gotham's sky!





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