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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Impression de Nuit: London
By Alfred Douglas (1870–1945)
 
SEE what a mass of gems the city wears
  Upon her broad live bosom! row on row
  Rubies and emeralds and amethysts glow.
See! that huge circle, like a necklace, stares
With thousands of bold eyes to heaven, and dares        5
  The golden stars to dim the lamps below,
  And in the mirror of the mire I know
The moon has left her image unawares.
 
That ’s the great town at night: I see her breasts,
  Prick’d out with lamps they stand like huge black towers,        10
    I think they move! I hear her panting breath.
And that ’s her head where the tiara rests.
    And in her brain, through lanes as dark as death,
  Men creep like thoughts … The lamps are like pale flowers.
 
 
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