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NOCTURNAL QUESTION, by            
First Line: Now breaks the moon through clouds of purple haze
Last Line: Wracked as they are with want and social pain . . .
Subject(s): Country Life; Night; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Bedtime


Now breaks the moon through clouds of purple haze
Shaming the stars with its resplendent light . . .
Two silent birds resume their nestward flight;
And winds begin to tell of autumn days
To nodding trees that catch the moon's green glaze . . .
Shrill insect voices scold the stoic night,
While on the bay, the waves (in helmets bright)
March shoreward in a phosphorescent blaze . . .
This scene suits contemplation very well;
For all this loveliness assaults the brain;
But what of those who live within the hell
Of city poverty and factory strain?
For them, this beauty works no magic spell
Wracked as they are with want and social pain . . .





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