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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
Chinatown Unvisited
By George Macdonald Major
 
IN the Sybil Book of Youth
First I read the word in sooth;
Golden legends of a place
Full of romance, full of grace,
Till my radiant childhood teemed        5
With the glories that I dreamed—
    Chinatown, O Chinatown.
 
There methought the air ne’er ceased
Blowing odors from the East,
Never ceased weird music from        10
Banjo, tinkling bells, tom-tom.
While each scented breeze unrolled
Flags of yellow, red, and gold—
    Chinatown, O Chinatown.
 
Sheening silks and jeweled shoes        15
These, methought the Chinese use
Up and down the shining streets,
Only wealth and pleasure meets.
While the bells of Joss peal down
Blessings rich in Chinatown—        20
    Chinatown, O Chinatown.
 
 
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