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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

26. Impression du Matin

THE Thames nocturne of blue and gold 
  Changed to a Harmony in grey: 
  A barge with ochre-coloured hay 
Dropt from the wharf: and chill and cold 
The yellow fog came creeping down         5
  The bridges, till the houses’ walls 
  Seemed changed to shadows, and S. Paul’s 
Loomed like a bubble o’er the town. 
Then suddenly arose the clang 
  Of waking life; the streets were stirred  10
  With country waggons: and a bird 
Flew to the glistening roofs and sang. 
But one pale woman all alone, 
  The daylight kissing her wan hair, 
  Loitered beneath the gas lamps’ flare,  15
With lips of flame and heart of stone. 



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