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Elinor Wylie (Элинор Уайли)


Sanctuary


This is the bricklayer; hear the thud 
Of his heavy load dumped down on stone. 
His lustrous bricks are brighter than blood, 
His smoking mortar whiter than bone.

Set each sharp-edged, fire-bitten brick 
Straight by the plumb-line’s shivering length; 
Make my marvelous wall so thick 
Dead nor living may shake its strength.

Full as a crystal cup with drink 
Is my cell with dreams, and quiet, and cool. . . . 
Stop, old man! You must leave a chink; 
How can I breathe? You can’t, you fool!



Elinor Wylie's other poems:
  1. Address to My Soul
  2. Escape
  3. The Lost Path
  4. Nadir
  5. Valentine


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Dora Sigerson Shorter (Дора Сигерсон Шортер) Sanctuary ("Neighbour! for pity a hound cries on your steps")

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