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By William Faulkner

Scarce First Random apartment version, 1960. Ex-library hardcover with dustjacket, traditional ex-library markings, stamps and so on.

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Now comes darkish back, he thinks, yet unearths A wave of gold breaking a jewelled crest And he's walled with gold. approximately him snored Kings and mitred bishops uninterested in sin Who dreamed themselves of heaven wearied, And now may possibly sleep, pay attention rain, and snore back. one amongst them walks, whose fort although stormed by means of sleep, continues to be unconquered. In red she is robed, her golden hair, Her mouth nonetheless but unkissed, as soon as housed her in the pointy and quenchless sorrows of the realm. Kings in hell, robed in icy flame Panted to crown them along with her dreamless snows; Glutted bishops, previous the sentinel, Couched in heaven, mewed for paradise. Amid the useless walks she who, musicfleshed, Whose mouth, notes laid one on different for A honeyed parting at the hived shop; Whose throat a sweetened reed had blown to be; Whose breast was once harped of silver and of 2 Grave small making a song birds uncaged; the mantra Of limbs to each other tuned and wed That, as she walked, the air with tune crammed; Now she, for whose caress as soon as duke and king And scarlet cardinal broke cords of destiny, From sofa to sofa her stressed shut eye seeks And strokes detached lead with moaning palms. The citied lifeless snore prior, the hissing seas Roar overhead back, and bows of coral Whip sparkling fish in darts of unmouthed shades: bushes of coral strip their coloured leaves Of fish, and every leaf has bats of sunshine the place eyes will be, whereas different golden bats Slipping between them, gleam their curving aspects. Thundering rocks crash down; spears of starlight Shatter and holiday between them. Water-stallions Neighing, crest the foaming rush of tides. Drowning waves, airward speeding, crash Columned upward, rake the celebs and listen to A buzzing chord in the heavens bowled, Then plunging again, they lose among the rocks A demise rumor of the chanting stars. The cave is ribbed with tune; threads of sound Gleam at the whirring wings of bats of gold, Loop from the grassroots to the roots of timber Thrust into solar, the place the track of birds Spins silver threads to gleam from bough to bough. Grass in meadows cools his fancy’s toes: Dew is at the grass, and birds in hedges Weave the daylight with sharp streaks of flight. Bees holiday apple bloom, and peach and clover Sing within the southern air the place aimless clouds move up the sky-hill, cropping it like sheep, And startled pigeons, like a wind starting, Fill the air with sucking silver sound. He would depart the cave, sooner than the bats of sunshine develop weary, to their eaves go back, whereas track fills the darkish as wind fills sails And Silence like a clergyman on skinny grey ft Tells his beads of mins on beside. The cave is ribbed with darkish, the tune flies, The bats of sunshine are eaved and darkish back. earlier than him as, the priest of Silence via And the entire whispering nuns of respiring blent With Silence’s self, he walks, the door beside Stands the moonwashed sentinel to wreck Its lichened sleep. the following halts the retinue. The priest among his hands we could his beads Purr down.

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