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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
The Aerial City
By Afanasy Shenshin-Foeth (1820–1892)
 
AT daybreak there spread through the heavens
Pale clouds like a turreted town:
The cupolas golden, fantastic,
White roofs and white walls shining down.
 
This citadel is my white city,        5
My city familiar and dear,
Above the dark earth as it slumbers,
Upon the pink sky builded clear.
 
And all that aerial city
Sails northward, sails softly, sails high;        10
And there on the height, some one beckons,—
But proffers no pinions to fly.
 
 
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