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First Line: By a soft mist the world has been destroyed
Last Line: Pierce as with blunted spears the swollen night.
Subject(s): Fog; Haze


By a soft mist the world has been destroyed.
The bloodless trees fade out in smoky death.
Vague shadows sway, where cries ring down the void.
And burning bistres vanish like a breath.

The gas-lamps are like flies a web has caught.
Each seeks escape, with faint and flickering jerks.
But glimmering on high, she who has wrought
The web of mist: the vile moon-spider lurks.

But we, the godless, death's most fitting prize,
Trample this desolate splendor with despite.
And dumbly our pale melancholic eyes
Pierce as with blunted spears the swollen night.





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