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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Fancy: III. Mythical: Mystical: Legendary
The Sunken City
Wilhelm Müller (1794–1827)
 
From the German by James Clarence Mangan

HARK! the faint bells of the sunken city
  Peal once more their wonted evening chime!
From the deep abysses floats a ditty,
  Wild and wondrous, of the olden time.
 
Temples, towers, and domes of many stories        5
  There lie buried in an ocean grave,—
Undescried, save when their golden glories
  Gleam, at sunset, through the lighted wave.
 
And the mariner who had seen them glisten,
  In whose ears those magic bells do sound,        10
Night by night bides there to watch and listen,
  Though death lurks behind each dark rock round.
 
So the bells of memory’s wonder-city
  Peal for me their old melodious chime!
So my heart pours forth a changeful ditty,        15
  Sad and pleasant, from the bygone time.
 
Domes and towers and castles, fancy-builded,
  There lie lost to daylight’s garish beams,—
There lie hidden till unveiled and gilded,
  Glory-gilded, by my nightly dreams!        20
 
And then hear I music sweet upknelling
  From many a well-known phantom band,
And, through tears, can see my natural dwelling
  Far off in the spirit’s luminous land!
 
 
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