Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LANDING AT DAWN, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE

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LANDING AT DAWN, by                
First Line: I saw the soundless city, couched in charm
Last Line: I knew prometheus still tugged at his chains.

I SAW the soundless city, couched in charm,
Before the booming traffic was begun,
It lay at dawn as peaceful as a nun
Asleep beside the sea's gigantic arm.
It seemed a silver haven shorn of harm,
Wherein humanity, with battlings done,
At last the ages' dream-lit peace had won,
Never to wake at Mammon's mad alarm;
But as the ship sped nearer to the shore,
I saw the smoke above the chimneyed plains;
The sun-kissed walls a sterner visage wore,
I heard the traffic tramp the canyon lanes,
And landing there amid the rising roar,
I knew Prometheus still tugged at his chains.

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