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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1329. As I Came Down Mount Tamalpais
 
By Clarence Urmy
 
 
AS I came down Mount Tamalpais,
  To north the fair Sonoma Hills
Lay like a trembling thread of blue
  Beneath a sky of daffodils;
Through tules green a silver stream        5
  Ran south to meet the tranquil bay,
Whispering a dreamy, tender tale
  Of vales and valleys far away.
 
As I came down Mount Tamalpais,
  To south the city brightly shone,        10
Touched by the sunset’s good-night kiss
  Across the golden ocean blown;
I saw its hills, its tapering masts,
  I almost heard its tramp and tread,
And saw against the sky the cross        15
  Which marks the City of the Dead.
 
As I came down Mount Tamalpais
  To east San Pablo’s water lay,
Touched with a holy purple light,
  The benediction of the day;        20
No ripple on its twilight tide,
  No parting of its evening veil,
Save dimly in the far-off haze
  One dreamy, yellow sunset sail.
 
As I came down Mount Tamalpais,        25
  To west Heaven’s gateway opened wide,
And through it, freighted with day-cares,
  The cloud-ships floated with the tide;
Then, silently through stilly air,
  Starlight flew down from Paradise,        30
Folded her silver wings and slept
  Upon the slopes of Tamalpais.
 

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