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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Under Brooklyn Bridge
By Charles de Kay (1848–1935)
 
O RESTLESS throng, massed on the shovel prow
That eats the moonlit reaches of the river,
Ye feel them too, those mysteries that quiver
Through deeps of tenderness on high, below,
Shooting in stars, glancing through eyes that glow        5
Yellow, red, green among the barks, and shiver
The North with splendors from a boundless giver
And seam the dark with lamps that come and go.
 
For hushed are hoof-stamp, babble and the sharp
Jangle of bells, and songs uncouth are still;        10
O’erhead resounds the vast Æolian harp
 
Built for the god of storms by human will,
The Bridge—whose twin colossi with their warp
Frame for the dawn’s white feet a curving sill.
 
 
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