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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Saint Petersburg
The Crown Jewels
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
EYE of a god was this blazing stone,
Beyond the snows of the Himalaya;
These dazzling stars might have lit the zone
  Of the Queen of Jove or the Grace, Aglaia;
And the rubies are such as the Burman king        5
Sends his elephants white to bring,
With a troop of soldiers and high grandees
Greeting the finder, on bended knees.
Here ’s an emerald rare as the rose of pride
Cortez gave his Castilian bride,        10
And lustrous-green as the Indian gem
Charlemagne wore in his diadem;
And pearls hard-won by the Ceylonese
From the silent depths of the tropic seas,
While the conjurer muttered his spells ashore        15
Till the diver’s toils for the day were o’er;
And crystals, amber, and amethyst,
  That only the Oural caves could harden,—
Bright as blossoms the sun has kissed
  In the fairy plots of a palace garden.        20
 
 
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