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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Nijni-Novgorod
The Fair of Nijni-Novgorod
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
NOW, by the Tower of Babel,
  Was ever such a crowd?
Here Turks and Jews and Gypsies,
  There Persians haughty-browed;
With silken-robed Celestials,        5
  And Frenchmen from the Seine,
And Khivans and Bokhariotes,—
  Heirs of the Oxus plain.
 
Here stalk Siberian hunters;
  There tents a Kirghiz clan        10
By mournful-eyed Armenians
  From wave-girt Astrakhan;
And Russ and Pole and Tartar,
  And mounted Cossack proud,—
Now, by the Tower of Babel,        15
  Was ever such a crowd?
 
 
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