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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Moscow
Moscow Bells
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
THAT distant chime! As soft it swells,
  What memories o’er me steal!
Again I hear the Moscow bells
  Across the moorland peal!
The bells that rock the Kremlin tower        5
  Like a strong wind, to and fro,—
Silver sweet in its topmost bower,
  And the thunder’s boom below.
 
They say that oft at Easter dawn
  When all the world is fair,        10
God’s angels out of heaven are drawn
  To list the music there.
And while the rose-clouds with the breeze
  Drift onward,—like a dream,
High in the ether’s pearly seas        15
  Their radiant faces gleam.
 
O, when some Merlin with his spells
  A new delight would bring,
Say: I will hear the Moscow bells
  Across the moorland ring!        20
The bells that rock the Kremlin tower
  Like a strong wind, to and fro,—
Silver sweet in its topmost bower,
  And the thunder’s boom below!
 
 
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