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Amithaine by Clark Ashton Smith

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  • Amithaine by Clark Ashton Smith

    Who has seen the towers of Amithaine
    Swan-throated rising from the main
    Whose tides to some remoter moon
    Flow in a fadeless afternoon?...
    Who has seen the towers of Amithaine
    Shall sleep, and dream of them again.

    On falcon banners never furled,
    Beyond the marches of the world,
    They blazon forth the heraldries
    Of dream-established sovereignties
    Whose princes wage immortal wars
    For beauty with the bale-red stars.

    Amid the courts of Amithaine
    The broken iris rears again
    Restored from gardens youth has known;
    And strains from ruinous viols flown
    The legends tell in Amithaine
    Of her that is its chatelaine.

    Dreamer, beware! in her wild eyes
    Full many a sunken sunset lies,
    And gazing, you shall find perchance
    The fallen kingdoms of romance,
    And past the bourns of north and south
    Follow the roses of her mouth.

    For trumpets blare in Amithaine
    For paladins that once again
    Ride forth to ghostly, glamorous wars
    Against the doom-preparing stars.
    Dreamer, awake!... but I remain
    To ride with them in Amithaine.

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    Thanks for the introduction - not read his work before.