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REFUGE, by            
First Line: I shall go down from the stark, gray-stone towers
Last Line: Which widen with a motion that is still.
Alternate Author Name(s): Allen, Hervey
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


I shall go down from the stark, gray-stone towers,
Out from this town -- the dogs howl at its gates --
The sad clocks strike the eternal hours
And my refuge waits.

I shall go forth with sandals and a crust,
Before the evil, stupid, friendly feet
Have stopped my singing mouth with choking dust,
Stamped from the common street.

For hope has planted vineyards in a place
Of valleys where a heart may lie at ease,
And dreams can dally with a shy, young thought,
Naked among the silver birchen trees.

There Aeolus will play a willow harp,
Soft as the autumn light upon a hill,
And dipping swallows leave tight water rings
Which widen with a motion that is still.





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