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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
W. J. Turner. 1889–
 
158. Romance
 
WHEN I was but thirteen or so 
  I went into a golden land, 
Chimborazo, Cotopaxi 
  Took me by the hand. 
  
My father died, my brother too,         5
  They passed like fleeting dreams, 
I stood where Popocatapetl 
  In the sunlight gleams. 
  
I dimly heard the master's voice 
  And boys far-off at play,—  10
Chimborazo, Cotopaxi 
  Had stolen me away. 
  
I walked in a great golden dream 
  To and fro from school— 
Shining Popocatapetl  15
  The dusty streets did rule. 
  
I walked home with a gold dark boy 
  And never a word I'd say, 
Chimborazo, Cotopaxi 
  Had taken my speech away.  20
  
I gazed entranced upon his face 
  Fairer than any flower— 
O shining Popocatapetl 
  It was thy magic hour: 
  
The houses, people, traffic seemed  25
  Thin fading dreams by day; 
Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, 
  They had stolen my soul away! 
 
 
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