Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ACT 5 (MIDNIGHT), by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH



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ACT 5 (MIDNIGHT), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: First, two white arms that held him very close
Last Line: A sudden gleaming dagger through his heart.


FIRST, two white arms that held him very close,
And ever closer as he drew him back
Reluctantly, the loose gold-colored hair
A thousand delicate fibers reaching out
Still to detain him; then some twenty steps
Of iron staircase winding round and down,
And ending in a narrow gallery hung
With Gobelin tapestries -- Andromeda
Rescued by Perseus, and the sleek Diana
With her nymphs bathing; at the farther end
A door that gave upon a starlit grove
Of citron and clipt palm-trees; then a path
As bleached as moonlight, with the shadow of leaves
Stamped black upon it; next a vine-clad length
Of solid masonry; and last of all
A Gothic archway packed with night, and then --
A sudden gleaming dagger through his heart.





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