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First Line: Beyond the bulge of his tall candles you sit
Last Line: Of a bacchante, starting from the gloom.
Subject(s): Boston

Beyond the bulge of his tall candles you sit
Reading Henry James. The walls are stern
With lithographs. There is a blur of glassware about you
And straight between the windows,
Portrait of your grim Presbyterian.

Lodged in this swing of splintered bric-a-brac
You sit a goddess, reading in his room,
Above your sloping shoulders at the right
Of his long line of volumes is a bust
Of a Bacchante, starting from the gloom.

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