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First Line: A stretch of lawn as smooth as happiness
Last Line: A beauty, and a promise, and a dream.
Subject(s): Beauty; Cities; Parks; Sin; Urban Life


A STRETCH of lawn as smooth as happiness,
And tender green withal, and dappled o'er
With shadows that the birches throw, unless
A maple here and there throws shadows more.
Beyond, the houses, spires, toilings, din,
And all that makes a cityful of sin.

And yet the sun's ashine, and, somehow, from
This common scene, that's trying to be fair,
There's something rises in the city's hum,
There's something brooding o'er the smoke and blare,
That makes the place and time and people seem
A beauty, and a promise, and a dream.





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