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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
Sunset in Moscow
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
O THE SPLENDOR of the city,
  When the sun is in the west!
Ruddy gold on spire and belfry,
  Gold on Moskwa’s placid breast;
Till the twilight soft and sombre        5
  Falls on wall and street and square,
And the domes and towers in shadow
  Stand like silent monks at prayer.
’T is the hour for dream and legend:
  Meet me by the Sacred Gate!        10
We will watch the crowd go by us;
  We will stories old relate;
Till the bugle of the barracks
  Calls the soldier to repose,
And from off the steppe to northward        15
  Chill the wind of midnight blows.

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