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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
Brooklyn Bridge Towers
By George Alfred Townsend
(As Unconnected)

BROTHER! are you waiting
  Faithfully for me?
Stand fast and at last
  I’ll reach my hair to thee.
Though of vacant sight,        5
  Blindly we are feeling
Tow’rd each other, till the light,
  Through our sockets stealing
O’er the stream, in one beam
  Shall meet, and see!        10
Brother! I am listening
  To the words you say,
As they reach me, whistling
  Across the windy bay.
Though my feet are cold,        15
  And they long divide us,
Here I’ll hold till I am old;
  Our echoes shall provide us
On bounding feet a pathway fleet,
  Till we behold!        20
Like two gates asunder
  Something swings between.
On our heads the thunder
  Strikes. We stand serene!
Earliest on our brows,        25
  Still the latest tarry
The rosy clouds; the birds in crowds
  Sail round to see us marry.
We will win, though, my twin,
  Waves intervene.        30
Hark, behind! the churches
  Faintly lift their bells.
And far below come and go
  The city’s hollow swells;
Frightened ferry fleets        35
  Disappear in vapour,
And the camps of twinkling lamps
  Struggle for a taper.
To them all, starry tall,
  We are sentinels!        40
Aye! I cannot see them,
  Yet I feel them there;
And clambering stars their silver bars
  Wind o’er me like a stair.
Brother, does a pulse        45
  Start not in thy shoulder,
For a mystic destiny,—
  Something better, bolder,—
When the rainbow its skein
  Twineth in air?        50
Yes! A host of spirits
  In procession creep
O’er me silently,
  From darkened deeps of sleep.
Far away I hear        55
  Wheels imperious driven
Up the heights of the atmosphere,
  By the image of Heaven!
His path we span, and, brother! Man
  Is the charioteer!        60

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