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THE JADE HOUSE, by            
First Line: This old house views the world with faded eye
Last Line: Can hear a furtive tapping on a pane.
Subject(s): Houses


This old house views the world with faded eye,
a cynic's eye of rheumy, spotted grey.
The scene is gone which yesterday held sway
and gone are all the solid bourgeoisie.
A broken fence in twisted agony
keeps battered brownstone lions still at bay,
but countless feet have slowly worn away
the marble steps that spelt propriety.
Yet, though the neighborhood has dropped a plane
and though the house has seen its better days,
people still call, and do not come in vain
although the tenants shun official gaze.
The late and lonely passer in the lane
can hear a furtive tapping on a pane.





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