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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
Villanelle of City and Country
By Zoë Akins
 
BENEATH the arches of the leaves I lie,
  And watch the Lovers wander—Song and Spring—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham’s sky!
 
A great triangle shaft uplifts on high
  Its columned shrine wherein the presses sing;        5
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie.
 
With flocks of clouds the Shepherd-wind goes by,
  White poppies ’mid the waving grasses swing—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham’s sky!
 
As to a fairy castle we draw nigh        10
  When home the ferries bear us, marvelling;
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie.
 
Across the empty fields the trumpets die
  That meadow larks unto the morning fling—
But oh, the towers set in Gotham’s sky!        15
 
Far off I hear the city’s aching cry,
  Where Life and Death are Lovers, wandering;
Beneath the arches of the leaves I lie,
But oh, the towers set in Gotham’s sky!
 
 
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