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Pub. Date: 12/31/2009 12: 00: 00 AM
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The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson PROEM Lo, thus, as prostrate, "In the dust I writeMy heart's deep languor and my soul's sad tears."Yet why evoke the spectres of black nightTo blot the sunshine of exultant years?Why disinter dead faith from mouldering hidden? 5Why break the seals of mute despair unbidden, And wail life's discords into careless ears?Because a cold rage seizes one at whilesTo show the bitter old and wrinkled truthStripped naked of all vesture that beguiles, 10False dreams, false hopes, false masks and modes of youth;Because it gives some sense of power and passionIn helpless innocence to try to fashionOur woe in living words howe'er uncouth.Surely I write not for the hopeful young, 15Or those who deem their happiness of worth, Or such as pasture and grow fat amongThe shows of life and feel nor doubt nor dearth, Or pious spirits with a God above themTo sanctify and glorify and love them, 20Or sages who foresee a heaven on earth.For none of these I write, and none of theseCould read the writing if they deigned to try;So may they flourish in their due degrees, On our sweet earth and in their unplaced sky. 25If any cares for the weak words here written, It must be some one desolate, Fate-smitten, Whose faith and hopes are dead, and who would die.Yes, here and there some weary wandererIn that same city of tremendous night, 30Will understand the speech and feel a stirOf fellowship in all-disastrous fight;"I suffer mute and lonely, yet anotherUplifts his voice to let me know a brotherTravels the same wild paths though out of sight." 35O sad Fraternity, do I unfoldYour dolorous mysteries shrouded from of yore?Nay, be assured; no secret can be toldTo any who divined it not before: 40None uninitiate by many a presageWill comprehend the language of the message, Although proclaimed aloud for evermore. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experi