Lemures

Richard Aldington 1892 (Portsmouth) – 1962



In Nineveh
And beyond Nineveh
In the dusk
They were afraid.

In Thebes of Egypt
In the dust
They chanted of them to the dead.

In my Lesbos and Achaia
Where the God dwelt
We knew them.

Now men say "They are not":
But in the dusk
Ere the white sun comes -
A gay child that bears a white candle -
I am afraid of their rustling,
Of their terrible silence,
The menace of their secrecy.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Words 79
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 3, 7

Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington, born Edward Godfree Aldington, was an English writer and poet. more…

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