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CROSSING A CANAL-LOCK, by            
First Line: From this old canal-lock
Last Line: Over a corpse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Upper, Joseph
Subject(s): Canals; Water


From this old canal-lock
The black water creeps out on either side.
There is not a glimmer of light in it; it might be the
Styx—
The night hangs over it like crepe upon a door,
Warning away every happy face, every gay footstep.
High up the cliff gleam the lights of the dance-pa-vilion. ....
The faint echo of violins. .... a stray bit of laughter. ....
Now a single thread of light touches the water like a ray of moonshine wandering

over a corpse.





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