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First Line: A river of silver and azure
Last Line: The dome, the sky, the sail.
Subject(s): Boats; Rivers

A river of silver and azure,
With gliding ships afloat;
On the farther shore a city,
Golden, serene, remote;
With one fair dome up-rising,
Dim through the tender mist,
Like a stately, pearl-built palace,
With tracings of amethyst.
A boat, with proud sails swelling;
Swift as a dream, she slips
Through vistas of liquid glory,
Between the larger ships;
And whither else is she headed,
And whither could she fare,
But straight to the mystical palace,
To the foot of its shining stair?
Whatever the crew that boards her,
Or the freight she bears away,
She was set afloat as a pleasure-boat,
To carry my soul to-day!
For me are her blue sails spreading,
For me was she launched and manned;
Though I journey away from the river,
Through the slowly darkening land.
She never will reach the palace,
Her sails will never be furled;
She will always lie 'neath a reddening sky,
On the verge of a wonder-world;
And the palace shall vanish never;
And the low sun shall not fail
To light forever the silver river,
The dome, the sky, the sail.

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