Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DECOR DE THEATRE: 1. BEHIND THE SCENES: EMPIRE, by ARTHUR WILLIAM SYMONS



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DECOR DE THEATRE: 1. BEHIND THE SCENES: EMPIRE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The little painted angels flit
Last Line: The footlights' immortality!


The little painted angels flit,
See, down the narrow staircase, where
The pink legs flicker over it!

Blonde, and bewigged, and winged with gold,
The shining creatures of the air
Troop sadly, shivering with cold.

The gusty gaslight shoots a thin
Sharp finger over cheeks and nose
Rouged to the colour of the rose.

All wigs and paint, they hurry in:
Then, let their radiant moment be
The footlights' immortality!





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