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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
Twilight on Sixth Avenue
By Charles G. D. Roberts
OVER the tops of the houses
  Twilight and sunset meet,
The green, diaphanous dusk
  Sinks to the eager street.
Astray in the tangle of roofs        5
  Wanders a wind of June,
The dial shines in the clock-tower
  Like the face of a strange-scrawled moon.
The narrowing lines of the houses
  Palely begin to gleam,        10
And the hurrying crowds fade softly
  Like an army in a dream.
Above the vanishing faces
  A phantom train flares on,
With a voice that shakes the shadows,—        15
  Diminishes, and is gone.
And I walk with the journeying throng
  In such a solitude
As where a lonely ocean
  Washes a lonely wood.        20

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