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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Fires
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878–1962)
 
SNUG in my easy chair,
I stirred the fire to flame.
Fantastically fair,
The flickering fancies came,
Born of heart’s desire:        5
Amber woodland streaming;
Topaz islands dreaming;
Sunset-cities gleaming,
Spire on burning spire;
Ruddy-windowed taverns;        10
Sunshine-spilling wines;
Crystal-lighted caverns
Of Golconda’s mines;
Summers, unreturning;
Passion’s crater yearning;        15
Troy, the ever-burning;
Shelley’s lustral pyre;
Dragon-eyes, unsleeping;
Witches’ cauldrons leaping;
Golden galleys sweeping        20
Out from sea-walled Tyre:
Fancies, fugitive and fair,
Flashed with singing through the air;
Till, dazzled by the drowsy glare,
I shut my eyes to heat and light;        25
And saw, in sudden night,
Crouched in the dripping dark,
With steaming shoulders stark,
The man who hews the coal to feed my fire.
 
 
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