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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Sevastopol
Sevastopol
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
OVER the Dead is a Syrian sky,
  And a light wind blows from the Vale of Baidar;
But what care they as they mutely lie,—
  Column and captain, steed and rider?
 
Tulips and poppies can never bloom        5
  Dear to their slumber as English daisies;
Nor the nightingale’s warble in bowery gloom
  Atone for the skylark’s rapturous mazes.
 
Ghostly cities and nameless graves;—
  This is the sum of the battle’s story!        10
And the wind of Baidar the brown grass waves,
  And sighs above them, “Alas for Glory!”
 
 
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