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Poem by John Davidson


Athwart the sky a lowly sigh
From west to east the sweet wind carried;
The sun stood still on Primrose Hill;
His light in all the city tarried:
The clouds on viewless columns bloomed
Like smouldering lilies unconsumed.

'Oh sweetheart, see! how shadowy,
Of some occult magician's rearing,
Or swung in space of heaven's grace
Dissolving, dimly reappearing,
Afloat upon ethereal tides
St. Paul's above the city rides!'

A rumour broke through the thin smoke
Enwreathing abbey, tower, and palace,
The parks, the squares, the thoroughfares,
The million-peopled lanes and alleys,
An ever-muttering prisoned storm,
The heart of London beating warm. 

John Davidson

Poem Themes: London, Cities of England

John Davidson's other poems:
  1. A Northern Suburb
  2. Kinnoull Hill
  3. Song of a Train
  4. To the Generation Knocking at the Door
  5. A Cinque Port

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Johnson London ("THOUGH grief and fondness in my breast rebel")
  • Joanna Baillie London ("IT is a goodly sight through the clear air")
  • Philip Bailey London ("I love thee, London! for thy many men")
  • Robert Leighton London ("TO live in London was my young wood-dream")

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