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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Moscow
To Moscow
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
ACROSS the steppe we journeyed,
  The brown, fir-darkened plain
That rolls to east and rolls to west,
  Broad as the billowy main,
When lo! a sudden splendor        5
  Came shimmering through the air,
As if the clouds should melt and leave
  The heights of heaven bare,—
A maze of rainbow domes and spires
  Full glorious on the sky,        10
With wafted chimes from many a tower
  As the south-wind went by,
And a thousand crosses lightly hung
  That shone like morning stars,—
’T was the Kremlin wall! ’t was Moscow,—        15
  The jewel of the Czars!
 
 
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