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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
An Italian Garden (1886)
II. Venetian Nocturne
By A. Mary F. Robinson-Darmesteter (1857–1944)
DOWN the narrow Calle where the moonlight cannot enter
                The houses are so high;
Silent and alone we pierced the night’s dim core and centre—
                Only you and I.
Clear and sad our footsteps rang along the hollow pavement,        5
                Sounding like a bell;
Sounding like a voice that cries to souls in Life’s enslavement,
                “There is Death as well!”
Down the narrow dark we went, until a sudden whiteness
                Made us hold our breath;        10
All the white Salute towers and domes in moonlit brightness,—
                Ah! could this be Death?

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