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ACROSS THE CITY, by            
First Line: I stood upon a dizzy roof which towered
Last Line: Reveals but mounds of vanished majesty.
Subject(s): Cities; Streets; Urban Life; Avenues


I STOOD upon a dizzy roof which towered
Above the serried city's chimneyed miles.
The canyons of the streets, like narrow aisles,
Stretched far away to where the cloud mists lowered;
I, gazing, felt the nerve fright of a coward,
So small was I, so great the plain of tiles
Which sheltered all those steel-supported piles;
My senses shook, with vastness overpowered.
But not alone from danger of the height,
Nor from that scene's immense, gray mystery
Did tremblings come. There swam before my sight
The roofs of Babylon which used to be
As stanch as these. Yet now the morning light
Reveals but mounds of vanished majesty.





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