Poet Lore/Volume 34/Number 1/Sunset Down Mount Vernon Street

Poet Lore, vol. 34, spring number  (1923) 
Sunset Down Mount Vernon Street by Frances Avery Faunce


By Frances Avery Faunce

A half-framed glimpse of daylight’s farewell sky
Adown a brick-housed way, will satisfy,
When crosses on two quaintly lifted spires
Stand clear against heaven’s far ethereal fires,
With straight beyond the wide reflecting river
Where rainbow fancies briefly toss and quiver,
Mocking the sombre nun-cloaked bridge of grey
With merry pageantry of waning day.

Such bounty seems no stinted sunset showing
To those who have the comfortable knowing
Of cloistered beauty hid beneath the roofs
Along the swift descending street, high proofs
Of culture loved and nourished year on year—
Rare paintings, pewter, books, all priceless dear,
Keeping an atmosphere shy sheltered there,
As wise and lovely as Olympian air.

He must be proudly formal and discreet
Who views a sunset down Mount Vernon Street.

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