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First Line: Under the groined firmament of the cathedral
Last Line: Too arrogant to stir even to the whispers of their lovers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


Under the groined firmament of the cathedral,
In the eternal sunset of emblazoned windows
Lie the dead ladies
Who were too proud to rot
Except in the palaces of God.
Their effigies above them are haughty and delicate,
Withdrawn into the secrecy of marble;
Their long fingers rest lightly upon their breasts,
And they close their eyes
Indifferent to the glances upon them.
The Virgin stands with her arms outstretched to every passerby
But the dead ladies lie at their ease
Too arrogant to stir even to the whispers of their lovers.





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