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THE SONS OF HEAVEN, by            
First Line: Deep in the shoreward crags of earth is cleft
Last Line: Sightless before the ruddy sons of heaven.
Subject(s): Heaven; Paintings & Painters; Shadows; Paradise


DEEP in the shoreward crags of earth is cleft
A fissure, where the gloomy slabs of jade
Gleam through the purple and blue of shadow, laid
Dull lacquer on the stone. A pool is left,
Blue silver frosted. But beyond the rift
The hidden sea's wave symphony is played
Against the deaf cliff's outer barricade,
Whence to the silent gorge no echoes drift.

Four earthly women, wanly celibate,
Crouch at the threshold of a cavern mouth —
A chasm of shadow in a chasm riven —
One turning back; two mutely desolate;
And one with face uplifted toward the south —
Sightless before the ruddy sons of heaven.





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