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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
131. Color
 
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
 
A BLUE-BLACK Nubian plucking oranges
At Jaffa by a sea of malachite,
In red tarboosh, green sash, and flowing white
Burnous—among the shadowy memories
That haunt me yet by these bleak northern seas        5
He lives for ever in my eyes’ delight,
Bizarre, superb in young immortal might—
A god of old barbaric mysteries.
 
Maybe he lived a life of lies and lust,
Maybe his bones are now but scattered dust;        10
Yet, for a moment he was life supreme
Exultant and unchallenged: and my rhyme
Would set him safely out of reach of time
In that old heaven where things are what they seem.
 

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