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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Kazan
Kazan
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
KAZAN looks down from the Volga wall,
  Bright in the darkest weather;
And the Christian chime and the Moslem call
  Sound from her towers together.
 
Shrine of the Golden Horde was she;        5
  Boast of the proud Bokhara;
And her fame was wafted over the sea,
  And sung in the far Sahara.
 
Woe to her faith and her turbaned lord!
  The Cross and the Russ were stronger;        10
Her splendors now are the Czar’s reward,
  And her Khans are kings no longer!
 
Yet still she looks from the Volga wall,
  Bright in the darkest weather;
And the Christian chime and the Moslem call        15
  Sound from her towers together.
 
 
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