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First Line: New-silver-crescented the moon forth came
Last Line: Of grotesque caliph or blotched caliban.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Moon

NEW-SILVER-CRESCENTED the moon forth came
Daring the dark spies of a sullen flaw,
Low-browed: on whom she set her eyes of flame,
And plunged them in swift flight and murmuring awe.
Sweet saffron havens then, and wistful calms
Of infinite dew-crystal palaces,
Were visible through delightful phantom palms,
Blue olive groves, and other dim-plumed trees --
And these but wraiths and cloudy fantasies.
Meantime the reeds, that whispering wind embalms
With whatso spikenard from the white clote came,
Flutter, and home ply hern and pye and daw:
Fearing the firmament to be the Khan
Of grotesque Caliph or blotched Caliban.

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