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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
N. Y.
By Ezra Pound
 
MY City, my beloved, my white!
Ah, slender,
Listen! Listen to me, and I will breathe into thee a soul.
Delicately upon the reed, attend me
Now do I know that I am mad,        5
For here are a million people surly with traffic;
This is no maid.
Neither could I play upon any reed if I had one.
 
My city, my beloved,
Thou art a maid with no breasts,        10
Thou art slender as a silver reed.
Listen to me, attend me!
And I will breathe into thee a soul.
And thou shalt live for ever.
 
 
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