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SONNETS FOR NEW YORK CITY: 1. NEW YORK AT SUNRISE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When with her clouds the early dawn illumes
Last Line: I see my city with an enlightened eye.
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


WHEN with her clouds the early dawn illumes
Our doubtful streets, wistful they grow and mild
As if a sleeping soul grew happy and smiled,
The whole dark city radiantly blooms.
Pale spires lift their hands above the glooms
Like a resurrection, delicately wild,
And flushed with slumber like a little child,
Under a mist, shines forth the innocent Tombs.
Thus have I seen it from a casement high.
As unsubstantial as a dream it grows.
Is this Manhattan, virginal and shy,
that in a cloud so rapturously glows?
Ethereal, frail, and like an opening rose,
I see my city with an enlightened eye.






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