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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1505. A Smiling Demon of Notre Dame
 
By Sophie Jewett (“Ellen Burroughs”)
 
 
QUIET as are the quiet skies
He watches where the city lies
Floating in vision clear or dim
Through sun or rain beneath his eyes;
Her songs, her laughter, and her cries        5
Hour after hour drift up to him.
 
Her days of glory or disgrace
He watches with unchanging face;
He knows what midnight crimes are done,
What horrors under summer sun;        10
And souls that pass in holy death
Sweep by him on the morning’s breath.
 
Alike to holiness and sin
He feels nor alien nor akin;
Five hundred creeping mortal years        15
He smiles on human joy and tears,
Man-made, immortal, scorning man;
Serene, grotesque Olympian.
 

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