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The House of Dust

A Symphony

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Author: Conrad Aiken
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,747 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 789 483
Genre: Poetry

Beautiful word pictures which leave the reader puzzled and dazzled by turns, but which for the particular lover of poetry become an achievement in conveying the half lights of shifting dreams.

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And walked in lamplit gardens among black trees,
And looked at the windy sky,
And thought with terror how stones and roots would freeze
And birds in the dead boughs cry . . .

And she hurried back, as snow fell, mixed with rain,
To mingle among the crowds again,
To jostle beneath blue lamps along the street;
And lost herself in the warm bright coiling dream,
With a sound of murmuring voices and shuffling feet.

And one, from his high bright window looking down
On luminous chasms that cleft the basalt town,
Hearing a sea-like murmur rise,
Desired to leave his dream, descend from the tower,
And drown in waves of shouts and laughter and cries.


The snow floats down upon us, mingled with rain . . .
It eddies around pale lilac lamps, and falls
Down golden-windowed walls.
We were all born of flesh, in a flare of pain,
We do not remember the red roots whence we rose,
But we know that we rose and walked, that after a while



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