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ELEGY AT NOON, by            
First Line: When in the street at noon the human tide
Last Line: Through all his blood roll the resplendent light.
Subject(s): Dreams; Lips; Nightmares


WHEN in the street at noon the human tide
Sweeps from each house and hurries me aside,
When bars and restaurants with hubbub teem
And from hot plates the vapors heavenward steam,
And in the sultry and tumultuous street
Paris sits down at table and to eat --
I think how far in some gold landscape deep
The quiet reaper seeks the shade for sleep,
Drives in his dream the buzzing fly away
That o'er his open lips has come to stray,
And sees on waking, but with eyes closed tight,
Through all his blood roll the resplendent light.





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